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Man City’s Kolo Toure Suspended For 6 Months

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Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been suspended from all football activity for six months. He will be able to join his first team squad members on September 2, 2011.

The FA Regulatory Commission made the ruling today against Toure.

The Ivorian defender was suspended for failing a drugs test. According to Toure, he took his wife’s diet pills because he was concerned about his weight.

Early indications were that Toure would be banned for nine months, so the six month ban isn’t as bad as many feared.

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  1. Lyle

    May 27, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Not so bad since it will be back dated. I like Kolo Toure though and feel for him.

  2. Devils Advocate

    May 27, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Stacy, the ban is retrospectively served, ie March to September.

  3. Stacy Richardson

    May 27, 2011 at 1:21 am

    I don’t understand. This is May. It’s a six-month ban. So he should be eligible to play in November, not September. Or is something about this ban retroactive to last March? It’s not clear to me.

    • The Gaffer

      May 27, 2011 at 6:20 am

      It’s retroactive from March.

      The Gaffer

  4. Jason

    May 26, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    This was a reasonable ban considering that Kolo Toure didn’t miss the drug test date, unlike a certain Man United player. The substance found was also not an illegal drug, like cocaine, and that’s why according to the rules he was not given a longer ban. It also didn’t hurt that his former manager, Arsene Wenger, supported Kolo’s claim that it was his wife’s diet pills. The test confirmed that. Fair ban in my opinion.

  5. somervillain

    May 26, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Seems like the punishment fit the crime. It may have been an innocent mistake, but professional athletes have an obligation to guard what they put into their bodies and he clearly failed in that sense. However, since it wasn’t a performance enhancer and the most recent precedent was Paddy Kenny’s nine-month ban for testing positive for ephedra — a performance enhancer — then this seems like a reasonable ruling. Does anyone know if this ban is international or just with the club? If he’s able to play for Côte d’Ivoire, then perhaps it was a bit on the lenient side. But considering that this almost certainly cost him his starting job at City permanently due to the emergence of Joleon Lescott, perhaps it’s not too light a punishment after all.

  6. brn442

    May 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Steve, your’e not obligated to know or care about what’s in your slimming pills or the little ones with the smiley faces you bought from some dubious character at a rave. However, if you’re professional athlete, you just don’t “naively” take your wife’s/your friend’s/your vicar’s/your teammate’s diet pills/hemorrhoid pills/allergy pills/ sleeping pills without running it by the Club’s Doctor – he should have known better and sadly deserves the ban. He’s lucky it’s mostly during the off-season.

  7. Johan

    May 26, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    What a joke!

  8. Steve W

    May 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    Seeing how this was an innocent mistake in the first place and there was no intention to deceive the authorities, i think 6 months is much more than he deserved if he deserved to be banned at all. He admitted what he had done and never thought he would get punished for something he wasn’t aware of. I personally think these banned substance rules are far too strict. Yes ban performance enhancing drugs but let’s have it right, would any of us know what is in a slimming pill or a lemsip without having it tested by a scientist first, ridiculous!! I’m relieved for Kolo because here is a genuine honest family guy who loves to play football and you can tell he’s missed not being involved with his team mates in the latter part of this great season. Anti-City bitters will obviously want him stoned to death though,regardless.
    Can’t wait to see you back soon Kolo.

  9. Andy

    May 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    This a totally meaningless ban that has no effect on him or on City. If the FA wanted it to mean anything they would start the 6 month ban on day one of the new season. As it is, all he gets is a nice long summer break with no worries. Pathetic.

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