Jake Livermore: Hull midfielder will avoid drug ban after testing positive for cocaine

Livermore has not played this season after being suspended pending a hearing

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Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore will avoid a ban despite testing positive for cocaine in May.

The 25-year-old has not played since the end of last season, after he was suspended by the FA and the club, pending the outcome of the disciplinary hearing.

Livermore had faced a potential two-year ban, and had tested positive after the death of his newborn baby.

"There's no question it was a mitigating factor," said Hull manager Steve Bruce earlier this summer. "Unfortunately he lost his baby just after the FA Cup final last year.

"Jake has kept all of the problems that he had to himself. All footballers think they are macho-men but they have problems like everybody else."

The disciplinary hearing took place last week.