Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been suspended after failing a drug test after the Manchester derby last month.
After Toure’s A sample returned positive, City confirmed in a statement that the player had been suspended “pending the outcome of the legal process”.
Toure has until Wednesday, 9 March to decide whether or not he wants a B sample to be tested. If he does and it comes back negative then the case would be closed and Toure regarded as not guilty.
It is believed that Toure was trying to lose weight and took a diet pill that belonged to his wife.
The big question is what length of suspension will Toure get? Hamilton’s Simon Mensing served a four-week ban earlier this season after testing positive for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine (MHA), which was present in a dietary supplement.
However, former Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny served a nine-month suspension after testing positive for the stimulant ephedrine.
With the result’s of the second test not due back for another week, Toure is certain to miss this weekend’s game against Wigan.
Once that result is known, the FA will issue a suspension and then I am sure that Toure will contest it saying that he did not knowingly know there was an illegal ingredient in th epill.
When Paddy Kenny appealed his suspension it took two months for the case to be heard. Should Toure’s case follow a similar timescale, that would rule him out until at least the beginning of May, even before any ban, which is a big blow to a Man City team still in the running to win a couple of trophies this season.