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Manchester City Defender Kolo Toure Fails Drug Test: Centre Back Suspended

Eastlands star tested positive for a specified substance.

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Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been suspended after testing positive for a specified substance.
The 29-year-old was informed by the Football Association that an A sample he provided had returned positive.
City confirmed in a statement that Toure had been suspended “pending the outcome of the legal process”.
Ivory Coast international Toure, whose brother Yaya also plays for City, is a former club captain who joined City from Arsenal in July 2009.
The defender has gone on to make more than 50 appearances for City, although he was not involved in Wednesday’s FA Cup victory over Aston Villa.
The failed test automatically triggered the suspension and it is understood that Toure was left out of the squad because the club had been made aware of the situation.
The City statement added: “There will be no further comment from the football club at this stage.”
And on Thursday evening an FA statement said: “The FA can confirm that a player has been provisionally suspended from playing pending investigation, having tested positive for the use of a prohibited substance.”
The World Anti-Doping Agency defines a specified substance as one that is “more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation”.

SOURCE: BBC Sport

This will come as a bitter blow to Manchester City as they continue to fight for a top four finish, the FA Cup and Europa league. The suspension is immediate and clearly will stay in place until the matter is cleared up. The 29 year old could be given a two year ban for the offence if found guilty.

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