FIFA tell Toure he should have had diet pill checked by doctors

March 10, 2011 - 0:0

Kolo Toure’s hopes of escaping a ban have receded after FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said ignorance will not be accepted as an excuse for failing a drugs test.

Toure was pictured training for the first time on Tuesday at Manchester City's Carrington complex joining the squad for their preparations ahead of Thursday's Europa League last-16 tie against Dynamo Kiev in the Ukraine.
The Manchester City defender is running out of time to inform the FA if he wants his B sample analysed after testing positive for a banned substance.
Toure believes the banned substance was contained in a diet pill but Valcke insisted he should have checked with the club’s staff before taking it.
He said: ‘When you know you are permanently under threat of doping control, there are enough doctors in this team to make sure you ask them to check if this pill is on the list.’
Despite his current suspension, City officials said at the weekend that they have been informed there is no reason for Toure not to attend training after manager Roberto Mancini made it clear the Ivorian would be welcome to participate.
Toure's attendance at Eastlands on Saturday for City's win over Wigan was seen as a good sign at a time when the player's mental state has been described as 'not good' by Mancini.
'It is a bad moment for him,' the City boss said.
'Kolo is a fantastic man and a fantastic player. He doesn't deserve to have this problem.'
(Source: DailyMail)