Former Socceroo banned over cocaine bust
FORMER A-League star Mitch Nichols has been hit with a four-game ban by Football Federation Australia after admitting possession of cocaine at a Sydney night club last month.
Nichols, who was released by Western Sydney Wanderers before the arrest, was found to have breached clauses 2.1 and 6.1(a) of the FFA National Code of Conduct for the incident at a Double Bay nightspot on May 13.
Nichols was on the verge of a new club deal abroad, and Fox Sports understands that the ban falls under FIFA statutes and so will apply to overseas leagues.
News Corp reported that the 28-year-old was issued with a good behaviour bond after his appearance at the Downing Centre Court in Sydney.
He admitted possession of 1.1g of cocaine, and the FFA sanction only came down after the court verdict. Although he had already been released by the Wanderers, he was still registered with the club at the time he was arrested.
FFA has also determined that Nichols must undertake education and counselling in addition to his four-game ban, a length determined because the former Brisbane and Melbourne Victory midfielder showed contrition, pleaded guilty promptly and "took responsibility for his actions".
The five-time Socceroo has seven business days to appeal.