Jake Livermore can count himself extremely lucky. Regardless, of the unfortunate circumstances that surrounded this incident Livermore has played his 'get out of jail free card'.
Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore will not be banned after testing positive for cocaine.
The 25-year-old was suspended by the Football Association and his club in May after failing a drug test, pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing.
Livermore, who faced a possible two-year ban, tested positive following the death of his newborn child. Terrible circumstances for not just a footballer but any man.
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It appears that the FA have taken this into serious consideration and have cleared the midfielder to play football again. Hull manager Steve Bruce reiterated this fact telling the BBC: "There's no question it was a mitigating factor."
Footballers, are forever in the limelight and many thought the worst for Livermore after the news broke that he had tested positive for cocaine. However the FA have been extremely kind to a man whom can still have a promising career not just for club but his country.
Livermore can be forgiven for the circumstances which provoked this outcry but it doesn't make it acceptable, for he is a role model to young aspiring footballers and supporters of Hull City. He now needs to give back to the club and manager which have stood by him throughout this ordeal but most importantly he needs to make the fans proud to shout his name once more.
The English midfielder should now attempt to redeem himself through returning to the KC stadium and getting back to what he does best. Livermore now needs to let football heal him and get back to the form that earned him his first England cap 3 years ago.
Whether he returns to football the player he once was remains a complete mystery.
But one thing is for sure, his card has been marked.