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Bigred
10-10-2007, 13:06
Footballer admits cocaine charge


A Scottish Premier League player has been convicted of having cocaine at a music festival in the Highlands.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle player Richie Hart, 29, has also been suspended from playing or training by his club until further notice.

Police officers thought Hart was acting suspiciously in his BMW car and found cocaine placed on a CD at the Rock Ness Festival in June.

He admitted a charge of possessing cocaine and was fined 300.

'Firm stance'

Inverness Sheriff Court heard the midfielder had bought two half-grams of the drug for 80 and was in the process of using one of the wraps when caught.

Police found the other wrap of the drug after a search of his car.

In a statement, the SPL club said: "When the matter was originally brought to our attention, the club interviewed the player and given his responses agreed to leave the matter until the allegations were addressed in court.

"The club would like to reassure the club's commercial partners, supporters and the public that the club adopts a very firm stance in relation to the use and/or possession of drugs."

Hart joined Caley Thistle in 2002 from Highland League team Brora Rangers, having previously played for Ross County

dufc5
10-10-2007, 13:19
He should get at least a year ban from professional football. Rio Ferdinand got eight months for forgetting to attend a drug test while richie hart has been caught of having cocaine. No similarities. SFA or whoever should hit him hard with a lengthhy ban.

Arthur Montford
10-10-2007, 13:19
80 for 2 half grams?

Thats double the asking price :oooh:

2010wedoneitagain
10-10-2007, 17:52
surely 2 half grams is a gram?

oriental arab
18-10-2007, 08:13
He should get at least a year ban from professional football. Rio Ferdinand got eight months for forgetting to attend a drug test while richie hart has been caught of having cocaine. No similarities. SFA or whoever should hit him hard with a lengthhy ban.


Is it performance-enhancing to take cocaine at a music festival? If so, a ban is in order. If not, a bit of counselling is more in order IMO.