Kolo Toure suspended for failed drugs test
4th March 2011 - Sigvard Magnus
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has failed a drugs test for a controlled substance and has been suspended indefinitely from future football games with the club.
Last month, the FA carried out a drugs test among players at the north-west team after the derby game with Manchester United. The Ivorian 29-year-old was informed yesterday (March 3rd) of his fate.
However, it is known to be a "specified substance", which the World Anti-Doping Agency defines as one that is often susceptible to a credible explanation not related to known doping activity.
Despite this, if Toure is found guilty, City football manager Roberto Mancini could be without the player for a long time; punishment for the offence ranges from a warning to a two-year ban.
Toure's A sample returned positive, so he has until March 9th to decide whether or not he wants to have a B sample tested. If it comes back negative, the case would be closed and Toure would be found not guilty.
The Ivorian defender joined City from Arsenal in 2009 after serving with the Gunners for seven years.
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