Jake Livermore: Hull City midfielder to avoid drug ban

Jake Livermore
Jake Livermore has made one appearance for England - in 2012

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore will not be banned after testing positive for cocaine.

The 25-year-old was suspended by the Football Association and his club in May after failing a drug test, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.

The England international, who faced a possible two-year ban, tested positive after the death of his newborn child.

"There's no question it was a mitigating factor," said Hull manager Steve Bruce to the BBC last month.

"Unfortunately he lost his baby just after the FA Cup final last year.

"Jake has kept all of the problems that he had to himself. All footballers think they are macho-men but they have problems like everybody else."

A disciplinary hearing took place last week at which it was decided the FA would not extend its provisional suspension.

Hull also suspended Livermore following his positive test, but have yet to comment on whether he will now be available to play.

Livermore joined Hull from Spurs for £8m in August 2014 after a season-long loan, making 35 league appearances last season as the Tigers were relegated to the Championship.

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