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Nichols gets four games for cocaine charge

NZN 1/06/2017 Emma Kemp

Mitch Nichols has accepted a four-match ban imposed on him by Football Federation Australia after admitting to cocaine possession last month.

FFA has found Nichols breached its code of conduct over his arrest in the early hours of May 13 at Casablanca nightclub in Sydney, where he was caught with 1.1 grams of the drug.

In determining Nichols' sanction, FFA considered the former Western Sydney midfielder's "early admission of guilt" along with his "genuine remorse and contrition for his actions".

He will also be required to undergo a counselling and education course, according to a statement released by the governing body on Thursday.

"It has been a very humbling time for me and I unreservedly apologise for my error in judgement," Nichols said in a statement released by Professional Footballers Australia.

"I have accepted the consequences and I am now focused on moving forward with my career."

Though Nichols' contract with the Wanderers officially expired at the end of May, he was still liable to be charged under FFA's code of conduct given he is a registered player under its jurisdiction.

The four-game suspension is likely to become an unwanted hurdle in the 28-year-old's ambitions to continue his career overseas.

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