Peterborough sack star Josh Yorwerth following four-year ban for dodging drugs test and taking cocaine


PETERBOROUGH have sacked defender Josh Yorwerth after he was slapped with a whopping four-year ban.

The 23-year-old’s career is in the ruins after evading a drugs test and taking cocaine the previous weekend.

Josh Yorwerth has been sacked from Peterborough following his drugs ban
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Yorwerth’s suspension is believed to be the longest in English professional football history.

A statement released by the League One club read: “Peterborough United Football Club have been working with Josh Yorwerth over the past few months alongside the PFA to try and help him overcome a number of personal issues.

“The board of directors have been very supportive of him during this case and a representative of the football club has been in constant dialogue with Josh throughout the whole process.

“However, following the two charges made against Josh (one for evading an anti-doping test and the other for taking cocaine) and the four-year ban issued, the football club wishes to confirm that his contract will be terminated.

The defender, right, has been slapped with a four-year ban
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The former Ipswich man dodged a routine drugs test
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“The football club wishes Josh well with his recovery and for his future and hope he continues to get the support he needs from those in a position to help.”

The Mail say Yorwerth got into trouble earlier this season when anti-doping testers turned up at his home in September.

Yorwerth has admitted to an FA disciplinary panel that he had taken cocaine the previous weekend.

But the former Crawley star decided not to answer the door to the testers, in the belief that providing a positive sample would see him suspended for two years.

In fact, had he provided a sample and failed the test, the maximum penalty he could have been hit with under current regulations would be a three month ban while also retaining anonymity.


Yorwerth does have the right to appeal against the sentence, and is yet to decide whether to go through that process.

He signed for Posh from Crawley last summer but had yet to make a league start this season.


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