A drugs scandal has hit the English game, as the League Two club has terminated Paddy Lacey’s contract after he was handed a fourteen-month drugs ban by the Football Association.

This came about as the midfielder tested positive for Benzoylecgonine, which is a metabolite of cocaine after the team’s match against Hartlepool last year. The player has admitted to breaking anti-doping rules, and the suspension is active from the 15th of December to 14th of February 2018.

The club have made a statement adding to the Accrington Stanley news stating “Accrington Stanley has strong values on anyone taking any prohibited substances and will always act in the strongest possible way to protect the integrity of the football club,”

The player joined the club back in the summer of 2016 and had made 17 appearances this season, but hasn’t managed to make it onto the pitch since the 10th of December after getting suspended straight away.

Lacey joined the club on a one-year deal from Barrow and had played for Bradford City previously before getting loaned out for two years and eventually leaving to seek first team football.

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