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Ex-Ireland international Daryl Murphy 'not proud' after being banned for taking cocaine

The Waterford-born striker said he had made ‘a bad decision while on a night out’.

Daryl Murphy represented Ireland on 32 occasions.
Daryl Murphy represented Ireland on 32 occasions.
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FORMER IRELAND INTERNATIONAL Daryl Murphy says he is “not proud” of his actions, after being banned from football for a period for taking cocaine.

The 36-year-old striker, who is now back playing at Bolton after serving a six-week suspension while at Nottingham Forest last season, told the Athletic that he had made “a bad decision while on a night out”.

“Firstly, I would like to stress that the taking of recreational drugs is something that I don’t condone whatsoever,” he said in a statement. “I served a suspension at the beginning of last season for making a bad decision while on a night out.

“This was an isolated incident which happened out of competition when we had no game. I immediately regretted it.

“I am not proud of what I did but it’s something I have put behind me as I want to concentrate on my football career.”

The ban was not made public at the time due to the Football Association’s policy of not naming players who have failed drugs tests.

It is understood the ban lasted from 6 October to 8 December last year, during Aitor Karanka’s time in charge, with the veteran forward subsequently leaving the club at the end of last season and joining Bolton in the summer.

Murphy earned 32 caps for Ireland, starting in the famous 1-0 win over Italy at Euro 2016 as well as the knockout round defeat to France, while scoring three goals in total at senior international level.

He has enjoyed a largely successful career in football, scoring over 100 goals, with former clubs including Waterford, Sunderland, Celtic, Ipswich and Newcastle

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