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Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore to escape drugs ban

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore avoids being banned by the FA after testing positive for cocaine.

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore has avoided a potential two-year drugs ban after testing positive for cocaine in May.

Livermore, who has one England cap to his name, was suspended by both his club and the Football Association following the test, which came shortly after the death of his newborn child.

Following a disciplinary hearing last week, the FA has decided that the 25-year-old will receive no further punishment.

"There's no question it was a mitigating factor," Hull manager Steve Bruce told BBC Sport 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."

Livermore made 35 appearances for Hull last year, following an £8m move from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Jake Livermore for Hull on January 18, 2015
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