Touré may face two-year ban after positive test for banned substance
The Manchester City defender Kolo Touré faces a ban of up to two years following his suspension from playing, 3 March 2011 after testing positive for a banned substance. The Manchester City, whose Abu Dhabi owners hold great store by their players’ conduct, learned on Wednesday 02 march 2011, afternoon of the positive result in Touré’s A sample and immediately dropped the Ivorian from the squad to face Aston Villa in the FA Cup. It is now Touré’s decision whether to have his doping sample, taken in the same drugs test, analysed in a bid to prove his innocence or wait for the Football Association to dispense justice. A doping drug test is a technical analysis of a biological specimen for example urine, hair,blood, sweat, or oral fluid saliva to determine the presence or absence of specified parent drugs or their metabolites.
The suggestion that the substance was found in a dietary supplement remained unconfirmed last night, with City also refusing to enter into a discussion of suggestions that the random drugs test may have been carried out after the Manchester derby on 12 February. The centre-half started against Fulham last Sunday and City would only reveal that the 29-year-old had tested for what is known under World Anti-Doping Agency regulations as a “specified substance”. That is a substance “more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation” and raises the prospect that Touré may have been caught out by an over-the-counter medicine or dietary supplement. A dietary supplement could mean a ban lower down the scale than the nine months received by Sheffield United’s Paddy Kenny, when he tested positive for the stimulant ephedrine in 2009.