SWINDON Town are investigating images currently circulating on social media of three players allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide gas.

Screengrabs taken from a Periscope stream, which appear to show Drissa Traore, Jeremy Balmy and defender Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill inhaling nitrous oxide, which is recreationally known as ‘laughing gas’ or ‘hippy crack’, have emerged on Twitter.

The footage has emerged a day after Luke Williams’ side were beaten 2-0 at Oldham Athletic in League One – a defeat which stretched their winless run to six matches.

This morning, Town confirmed to the Advertiser that they were aware of the allegations against their players and an investigation was already under way but the club would be making no further comment at this stage.

The gas, which is commonly used to relieve pain during dental procedures or to whip cream, is commonly inhaled using whipped cream dispensers and balloons and causes feelings of euphoria and dizziness, as well as fits of laughter.

Inhaling laughing gas is not illegal but the law prohibits its sale to anyone under the age of 18 and consuming substantial amounts carries a risk of unconsciousness or death from a lack of oxygen.

In recent years, England internationals Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and Saido Berahino have been pictured allegedly inhaling nitrous oxide.