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Kolo Toure Failed Drug Test Saga: Ignorance Not an Excuse FIFA Will Accept

Eastlands defender may get two year ban.

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Suspended Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been warned by FIFA that he cannot use ignorance as a defence for his positive drugs test.

Toure is facing a ban of up to two years after testing positive for a “specific substance” following a random drugs test after the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on February 12.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke warned Toure to expect a tough punishment, despite claims the 29-year-old had no idea he was taking a banned substance contained in diet pills belonging to his wife.

“When you know that you are permanently under risk and threat of doping control, there are enough doctors in this team to make sure you ask them to check if this pill is on the list, and if by taking this pill you will be in risk of being positive at doping control,” said Valcke.

“You are professional. Fine, you can always say you can make a mistake in life. But at such a level you have the entourage and organisation strong enough for you to call a person and say: ‘Is this pill good or bad?’” (Daily Mirror)

All of this does not bode well for the Ivory Coast international as it seems that FIFA will not alter their verdict on Kolo Toure’s failed drugs test on the basis that any failure was as a result of an honest mistake. The Manchester City centre back could face a hefty playing ban that may well greatly harm his side’s chances of claiming that all important top four finish.

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