No punishment for Hull City’s Livermore

Jake Livermore, right.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson.
Jake Livermore, right. Picture: Bruce Rollinson.
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Hull CITY midfielder Jake Livermore will face no punishment after testing positive for cocaine, the Football Association confirmed on Thursday

Livermore, 25, admitted a breach of the FA’s anti-doping regulations, but revealed at an independent regulatory commission hearing last week that the death of his new-born son Jake Junior in May 2014 had had a significant impact on him.

In its written reasons, published on Thursday, the commission ruled that the offence “only occurred as a result of the severe impairment of Mr Livermore’s cognitive functions and judgment caused by the circumstances for which he was in no way at fault”.

Hull confirmed the ban they had imposed upon Livermore has been lifted and promised to continue to support him.

“The club can confirm that an independent commission appointed by the FA have found no fault or negligence against Jake Livermore with regards to his failed drugs test following our game with Crystal Palace in April,” said a statement released by the club.

“Jake’s suspension at the club has been lifted and given the circumstances surrounding the matter we will look to support Jake as he continues to recover from what has been a difficult period for him and his family.

“Finally, any internal disciplinary measures will be kept confidential and the club will make no statement in respect of whether any internal measures are taken.”

The news was welcomed by the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Chief executive Gordon Taylor said: “This was a truly exceptional case and we are delighted that the commission has imposed a just and proportionate sanction in light of the facts of the case.

“It was correct not to follow the express sanctions provided under the FA Regulations and WADA Code. As was correctly noted, the emphasis of this case must be to now support Jake. I would request that the media respect Jake’s right to privacy at this time.”