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Kolo Toure banned for six months

By Vision Reporter

Added 27th May 2011 03:00 AM

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure will miss the start of next season after being handed a six-month ban from all football for failing a drugs test.

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure will miss the start of next season after being handed a six-month ban from all football for failing a drugs test.

LONDON
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure will miss the start of next season after being handed a six-month ban from all football for failing a drugs test.

The ban is back-dated to 2 March, when Toure's provisional suspension began.
He is free to play from 2 September, but will also be target-tested for a period of two years from 26 May.

"This has been a difficult period, and I am sad to have missed the team's triumph of securing Champions League football and the FA Cup," Toure said.

"But I am relieved that I will be able to return to football in September and thank the FA's commission for their understanding."

An independent regulatory commission, which could have issued anything from a warning to a two-year ban by way of punishment, reached the verdict after a hearing on Thursday.

Toure admitted the offence - his first - contrary to Regulation 3 of the FA Doping Regulations 2010-11.

But the panel took into consideration the circumstances behind his use of water tablets belonging to his wife.

On 4 March, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger - who brought Toure to England by signing him - revealed: "He wants to control his weight a little bit because that's where he has some problems and he took the product of his wife.

"He is a boy that has a clean life, a very honest living. I just think it is a mistake."

Headed up by Christopher Quinlan QC, the commission were satisfied Toure did not intend to enhance sporting performance or to mask the use of a performance-enhancing substance.

Kolo Toure banned for six months

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