Toure handed six-month ban
Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been handed a six-month suspension, backdated to March 2, by the Football Association for testing positive for a specified substance.
Toure will be available to play again for his club in September as the ban begins on the date of his provisional suspension. An independent regulatory commission also ruled that the 30-year-old will be target-tested for a period of two years.
Toure, who is the first footballer at a Premier League club to fail a drugs test since Chelsea's Adrian Mutu in 2004, admitted the offence - his first - contrary to Regulation 3 of the FA Doping Regulations 2010-11.
But the panel took into consideration the circumstances behind his use of water tablets belonging to his wife.
Back in March, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed he had spoken to his former captain and said then that Toure failed the drugs test after taking a diet pill belonging to his wife. "He wants to control his weight a little bit because that's where he has some problems and he took the product of his wife," Wenger said.
Headed up by Christopher Quinlan QC, the commission were satisfied Toure did not intend to enhance sporting performance or to mask the use of a performance-enhancing substance.
Two years ago then-Sheffield United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny was banned for nine months for a similar offence.