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Kerem Bulut reportedly handed four-year ban by Turkish Football Federation for cocaine use

03:10 BST 18/10/2018
Kerem Bulut Western Sydney Wanderers
The controversial Australian striker won't be playing again in Turkey any time soon

The Turkish Football Federation are believed to have handed Kerem Bulut a lengthy four-year ban for cocaine use while playing in the country.

Though he wasn't explicitly named by the judicial body, they confirmed the player in question had represented three different Turkish sides and made 12 Super League appearances - all criteria applicable to Bulut with media outlets in Turkey quickly putting the clues together.

Born in Australia but of Turkish descent, the 26-year-old has spent a large chunk of his career in the country having played for Akhisarspor, Karsiyaka and most recently Menemen Belediyespor.

Bulut parted ways with Menemen at the end of last season when the club narrowly missed out on promotion and has been a free agent ever since.

The TFF revealed a drug test in the final week of the season resulted in the cocaine use being detected with the player admitting to taking the substance and a subsequent four-year ban handed down. 

Bulut began his career in Sydney FC's youth team and would play regularly for Australia at junior level - representing the country at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

After a few years playing in the Czech Republic, the striker returned to Australia in 2015 to play for A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers and scored two goals on debut against the Sky Blues.

Bulut would then spend a year in Greece before returning to the red and black in a far less successful spell where he failed to fire, though did go global for wildly celebrating a goal that was ruled to be offside, and was released within a matter of months.

A brief stint in the German third-division would follow before he found his way back to Turkey with Menemen.