Kolo Toure banned for six months

2011-05-28 00:00

LONDON — Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been banned for six months, backdated to March when he was provisionally suspended by the English Football Association for a positive doping test.

Toure, also an Ivory Coast international, faced a ban of two years, but the FA commission said they took into account his admission of guilt for taking water tablets belonging to his wife. The FA believed Toure had no intention of enhancing his sporting performance, or that he tried to mask taking a performance-enhancing substance.

The drug test was administered after the Manchester derby on February 12, and it came back positive on March 2, when the ban will start.

“This has been a difficult period for me,” Toure told the City website. “I am sad to have missed the team’s triumph of securing Champions League football and also the FA Cup victory at Wembley.

“But I am relieved I will be able to return to football in September and thank the FA’s commission for their understanding about my case in coming to their decision.”

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