Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Toure accepts fine

Kolo Toure

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has accepted a fine of six weeks' wages in relation to his suspension for failing a drug test, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed.

Toure was handed a six-month ban by the Football Association in May, backdated to March 2, after he tested positive for a prohibited substance.

The 30-year-old, who claimed the positive test came as a result of taking his wife's diet pills, made his playing comeback from the suspension in September, but last week had an internal disciplinary hearing at City, leading to the club's announcement on Tuesday.

A statement released by City read: "Following the conclusion of an internal disciplinary process, Manchester City Football Club can confirm that Kolo Toure has received a fine of six weeks' wages which relates to doping offences committed by him earlier this year.

"Kolo accepts the decision and he and the club now wish to draw a line under this matter and focus on the season ahead."

Toure joined City from Arsenal in 2009 and was made Blues captain for the 2009-10 season by then-manager Mark Hughes.

The armband was subsequently taken away from him by Hughes' successor Roberto Mancini, but the Ivory Coast international was named as skipper by the Italian on his return to the team this season when City overcame Birmingham 2-0 in the Carling Cup third round, and again for the 5-2 win at Wolves in the following round last month.

Toure featured as a late substitute in Saturday's 3-2 Premier League victory at QPR - in which his brother Yaya scored the winning goal - and has made five appearances in total since his FA ban.

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