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A-League star on drugs charges

SYDNEY, May 17, 2017 (BSS/AFP) - A-League star and former Socceroo Mitch Nichols has been charged with drug possession after a police swoop on a Sydney pub, reports said Wednesday.

Police allege they found three bags of a white powder, believed to be cocaine, on a 28-year-old when they raided a nightclub with sniffer dogs on Saturday evening.

He was widely named in local media as Nichols, who was released by Western Sydney Wanderers last week, with video footage circulating of the raid and the player being questioned.

Police said the man was issued with a field court attendance notice -- effectively a ticket -- for possessing a prohibited drug, rather than being arrested.

He is due to appear in a Sydney court on Friday.

Known as a creative midfielder, Nichols has played five times for the national team, making his debut in 2009 with his most recent appearance against Japan in 2014.

He played 125 times for Brisbane Roar before moving to Melbourne Victory. Nichols also had stints at Perth Glory and Japan's Cerezo Osaka before joining the Wanderers in 2015.