Daryl Murphy secretly served ban for taking cocaine on a night out

Former Ireland striker served a six-week suspension last season while at Forest

Former Ireland international striker Daryl Murphy has revealed he secretly served an English FA ban after testing positive for cocaine.

Speaking to The Athletic's Daniel Taylor, the 36-year-old confirmed he had served a six-week suspension for taking the drug on a night out before subsequently failing a test.

In a statement Murphy - currently playing for League One’s Bolton Wanderers, has said he is “not proud” of his actions, which came while he was at Nottingham Forest last season.

“Firstly, I would like to stress that the taking of recreational drugs is something that I don’t condone whatsoever,” Murphy said. “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.”

Waterford-born Murphy’s career has seen him play for Celtic, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Ipswich Town among other clubs - while he earned 32 caps for the Republic in a 10-year international career, scoring three times.

He didn’t feature for Aitor Karanka’s Forest between October 6th and December 8th 2018 - but his ban was kept under wraps due to the English FA’s policy of not naming players who have failed drugs tests.