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Two young players have received bans from the Football Association after testing positive for cocaine.

Neither player has been named by the FA but it is understood they are youth players and not high-profile.

One has been banned for five months and the other for three months, according to findings published on anti-doping body UK Sport's website.

Both players' urine tests returned findings for benzoylecgonine, the major metabolite of cocaine, after they were selected for an out-of-competition test between April and June this year.

A third player has been reprimanded after testing positive for marijuana during the first three months of this year.

None of the players have been named by the FA because they have a policy of not identifying those who test positive for recreational drugs out of competition.

Players are identified if they test positive after a match - as happened with West Ham's Shaun Newton when was suspended for seven months after testing positive for cocaine following an FA Cup semi-final in April 2006.

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