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Homeless World Cup hopeful caught buying heroin

Homeless World Cup hopeful caught buying heroin

A TALENTED soccer player who is in training for the Home­less Football World Cup was caught buying heroin on a Dublin street, a court heard.

James Nolan (28) was ar­rested after gardai saw him involved in a drugs transaction.

Judge Michael Walsh placed him on an 18-month peace bond after hearing the accused was aware of the effect drugs can have on health.

Nolan, of Chaplain’s Court, Clondalkin, pleaded guilty to possession of drugs.

Dublin District Court heard the incident happened at Cen­tral Bank Plaza in the city cen­tre last January 29.

Gardai were on patrol at 7.05pm when they saw two men ex­changing drugs.

Nolan was searched and found in possession of heroin worth around €60.

He was in training for the Homeless Football World Cup in Oslo this year, his barrister Donal Pattison said.

A letter was presented to the court in relation to the accused’s involvement in the competition.

“The incident was a slip on Mr Nolan’s part,” said Mr Pattison.

“He is aware of the conse­quences of taking such sub­stances. He has a talent for football.”