Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been handed a backdated six-month suspension after testing positive for a specified substance.

The ban issued by the Football Association runs from 2 March – the date of his initial suspension, meaning Toure will be available to play for City from September onwards.

"This has been a difficult period for me, '' Toure told the club's official 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.''


 

Toure is the first Premier League footballer to fail a drugs test since Chelsea's Adrian Mutu in 2004, and as such an independent regulatory commission has ruled that the 30-year-old Ivorian will be target tested for a further period of two years.

Traces of the banned substance were found in water tablets handed to Toure by his wife in a bid to help with weight loss as opposed to being intentionally performance enhancing, saying it was a genuine oversight.

FA Commission chairman Christopher Quinlan QC stated, “It is his first offence. The player accepted he was at fault and we agree.

"The checks he made in relation to those tablets were inadequate and fell some way below what it would be reasonable to expect of a professional footballer in these circumstances."

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