Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich has been handed a 9 month ban after testing positive for cocaine, the English Football Association has confirmed.

Bosnich, 31, was charged by English governing body in December with bringing the game into disrepute, after a urine sample he suppplied was found to contain cocaine. The suspension takes effect from December 23, 2002.

He was sacked by his club Chelsea in early January, a decision backed by the FA.

In November Bosnich had been diagnosed with severe depression aafter his career went into freefall following his move from Manchester United to Chelsea. He moved to Stamford Bridge in 2001 on a free transfer but was relegated to third choice keeper at the club.