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Nolan and Carroll deny drug claims

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Newcastle United have issued a statement saying Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll deny any knowledge of drugs being found in Nolan's house.

The News of the World claimed that cocaine was found in Magpies captain Nolan's house following a night out to celebrate last week's win over Sunderland.

Carroll is staying with Nolan after a court ordered the striker to live with his captain after being charged with assaulting a former girlfriend. The pair woke up to lurid claims about their private lives, but it did not prevent Carroll scoring the winning goal against Arsenal on Sunday, and Newcastle have moved to clarify the newspaper claims.

"Both Nolan and Carroll categorically deny having any knowledge that drugs had been brought onto the premises and are pleased that the paper does not even allege that they were aware of the presence of drugs," a statement released on Newcastle's official website stated.

"Neither player would ever contemplate taking drugs or condone the use of such substances.

"The club and the players named are sure that if the editor felt his story had any truth he would already have reported this to the police."

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