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The Football Association (The FA) has today confirmed that Aston Villa under-18s player Jake Humphries has been suspended for five months after he admitted a breach of The FA’s Rules on Anti-Doping.
An in-competition test was conducted by UK Anti-Doping on 19 November 2016, following a game against Reading’s Under-18s. Humphries subsequently tested positive for carboxy-THC, a metabolite of cannabis.
Humphries was charged with the presence of a prohibited substance listed in Section Eight, Cannabinoids, of Schedule Three of The FA Anti-Doping Regulations.
As well as the suspension, which is effective from 9 December 2016 up to and including 28 April 2017, the player is also required to undertake, and complete, a bespoke course of assessment, counselling, treatment and/or rehabilitation, as determined by The FA in conjunction with the Professional Footballers Association, within six months.
Further details can be found under Current Rule Violations.