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Former Cardiff players' cocaine, alcohol & gambling got him sacked and banned for 4 years

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  1. Colonel Cardiffi

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    Josh Yorwerth was handed a four year ban and admitting to 'stinking of booze' with cocaine in his system at his drugs hearing

    Former Wales youth team captain Josh Yorwerth has spoken candidly about his battle with drug, alcohol and gabling addiction after being sacked by his club Peterborough United.

    The 24-year-old, once described as the Cardiff City academy's "best talent" was hit with a record four-year ban last month for not attending a drug test.

    He admitted to attending his hearing smelling of alcohol, with cocaine in his system from the night before.

    After coming through the system as a highly-rated young defender at Cardiff, his life descended into a story of addiction and substance abuse with spells at Ipswich Town, Crawley and Merthyr before his Peterborough contract was terminated on February 26.

    In an interview with The Sun, Yorwerth revealed he'd go on three-day benders, trashing a friend's apartment and ending up in rehab.

    It's a story that has virtually put an end to his promising career.

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    “I had a pre-hearing at Wembley to give my version of events about the night the testers came to my house," he said.

    "I’d slept for one hour, was stinking of booze and I’d used cocaine the night before.

    "I’m sitting there in a waistcoat and a Dickie Bow thinking to myself: I need help here.”

    Yorwerth was turfed out by Peterborough boss Steve Evans after being banned for missing an FA drugs test on September 25.

    The Bridgend-born former starlet revealed he'd had a wild weekend taking cocaine two days before and refused to open the door to testers.

    “Me and some mates ended up going out, got too drunk and caused a scene. We went back to my friend’s apartment being idiots, smashing plates on the floor, smashed the TV up and threw pint glasses across the room.

    “I woke up on Sunday with the realisation that we’d trashed an apartment and I’d put it on social media. I got in the car and had talkSPORT on and they were talking about it. I lost my way from there: went straight to the pub and did drugs.

    “There was a knock at the door at about 9.30pm.

    "I was in so much shock and panic. I thought, ‘That’s two years suspended now with cocaine use’."

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    Yorwerth was initially suspended by Posh for two weeks before he was handed a four-year ban — the longest anyone has received for which he is now appealing on mental health grounds.

    He's seeing a therapist, has been to rehab and still hopes to salvage his career — having been such a bright start as a Welsh youngster, playing for the Under-17s 19s and 21s and even named as captain at U16 level.

    He revealed his problems started with gambling addiction as a teenager, when he'd spent much of his £500 weekly wage as a Cardiff apprentice on betting.

    “There was a stage where I had £12,000 in my account and I’d get up in the morning and bet on virtual dogs," he added.

    "I remember when I was 18, I was in Oceana in Cardiff with my mate, downed a drink and put £500 on a virtual dog. I won £2,200."

    SOURCE: The ex Cardiff player whose cocaine, alcohol and gambling got him sacked
     
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    What a shame. This would all been fine if some posters here had their way with legalisation.
     
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  3. Steve R

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    Won £2,200 though, so not all doom and gloom.
     
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    Cosway sports, remember them? And that shop in the arcade that sold weird cosmetics. No wonder it was on the sticky sticky.
     
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    Booze and gambling’s already legal :thumbup:
     
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    From the Graun.

    Labour’s Hilary Benn asks "why it is democratic to keep asking MPs to vote on the same idea, but undemocratic to ask the public if they want to change their mind."

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  7. Colonel Cardiffi

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    Spot on mate, the public should be the ones to make a decision on whether Yorwerth acted inappropriately and not MP's. :hehe:
     
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    :hehe:Oops!
     
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    The usual suspects derailing threads.
     
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    “I woke up on Sunday with the realisation that we’d trashed an apartment and I’d put it on social media. I got in the car and had talkSPORT on and they were talking about it. I lost my way from there: went straight to the pub and did drugs".

    Shouldn't :hehe:, but .. :warnock:
    Interesting sounding pub TBF.
     
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    Banning him for something that's not going to enhance his performance in anyway? Why? Turning up wrecked after no kip and done your spuds on a gambling app doesn't lead to better performance. Get him treatment. As he hits markers in recovery allow him to practice his trade again. Wankers at the FA. They say footballers are role models yet they dive and cheat non stop. Someone with a real problem that can rip family's apart, cause huge self harm and they throw the book at him. Bollocks mun.
     
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