Notley faces FA's wrath

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Jay Notley, the Charlton Athletic teenager, will face the wrath of the Football Association next Monday after testing positive for cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy when he gave a training-ground sample last month.

Although the youngster is only a trainee at The Valley, he seems certain to face a heavy punishment. The Huddersfield striker Craig Whitington was banned from the game for six months in April after testing positive for cannabis for the second time in a month. Two months earlier, the Orient defender Roger Stanislaus was given a year's ban after a sample he gave produced a positive result for cocaine. Both were subsequently sacked by their clubs - while Notley was suspended immediately, pending the hearing, after the test result was known.

Notley is not the first Charlton player to fall foul of the FA. In 1995, Lee Bowyer - now at Leeds - and Dean Chandler failed cannabis tests. The Spurs striker Chris Armstrong was left out of Crystal Palace's side on FA instruction in 1995 after testing positive for cannabis, and Paul Merson spent six weeks in a rehabilitation clinic in 1994 after admitting cocaine- taking and alcoholism.

The Notts County defender Shaun Murphy has joined West Bromwich Albion on a week's trial with a view to a permanent pounds 500,000 move. The 25-year- old Australian, who recently completed a trial at Coventry, is out of contract at Meadow Lane.

Sheffield Wednesday are giving a two-day trial to an Israeli international midfielder: Avi Nimni, 24, of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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