Toure suspended over failed drugs test

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Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been suspended from playing after testing positive for “a specified substance”.

The club confirmed in a short statement on their website that Toure had been informed by the Football Association that an A-sample provided by him returned positive.

“He has been suspended from participating in all first team and non-first team matches pending the outcome of the legal process,” the City statement read.

“There will be no further comment from the football club at this stage.”

The World Anti-Doping Agency define a specified substance as one that is “more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation”. The WADA punishment for such a positive test ranges from a warning to a two-year ban.

The 29-year-old Ivory Coast international centre-back joined City for £14million in 2009, ending a seven-year association with Arsenal.

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