MANCHESTER ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Kolo Toure of Manchester City on the ball during the FA Cup sponsored by E.On 4th Round replay match between Manchester City and Notts County at City of Manchester Stadium on February 20 2011 in Manchester England. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Kolo Toure Handed Six Month Suspension After Failed Drug Test

Manchester City's veteran defender has been suspended for six months after failing a drug test. Toure claims he failed the test after taking his wife's diet pills.

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Wenger: Diet Pills Behind Kolo Touré's Positive Drug Test

Twist! It turns out Kolo Touré's drug of choice is neither nefarious nor amongst the performance enhancers we've come to associate with professional athletes. If is, however, a performance enhancer, if you consider keeping weight off beneficial to playing soccer. Unless you're Ronaldo or Cristian Fabbiani, you probably do think less pounds, better play, which may make the Manchester City defender's indiscretion understandable.

According to Arsène Wenger, Touré's former manager who has spoken to the suspended defender, the Ivorian's positive test stems from diet pills. Wenger contends Touré took a diet pill belonging to his wife while failing to check the product's contents for banned substances, in quotes distributed by The Guardian:

"He wants to control his weight because that's where he has some problems and he took the product of his wife," the Frenchman said, before quipping: "Never trust your wife! That is how he was caught."

Wenger went on to claim Touré, who spent seven years at Arsenal, lives a "clean" and "honest" life, labeling the positive test "a mistake." However, it does appear Touré will not contest the validity of the positive test, leaving the FA to decide whether the City defender will play again this season.

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