27 May 2011

Kolo Toure gets six-month ban

8:29 am on 27 May 2011

The Manchester City defender Kolo Toure can resume playing in September after being handed a backdated six-month ban following his positive doping test in March.

The FA says Toure had failed the test after taking a diet pill that was not intended to enhance his performance.

The Ivorian international has been suspended from all football for six months from the date of the start of his provisional suspension on March 2nd.

The FA's regulatory commission says Toure admitted the offence after taking "water tablets" obtained through his wife.

Toure's six-month ban means he can to return to action in the first week of September and is likely to miss only a handful of matches in the new Premier League season which kicks off in mid-August.

Toure, whose brother Yaya scored the only goal in City's FA Cup final win over Stoke City at Wembley earlier this month, will be target-tested for a two-year period.