Manchester City and Ivory Coast international defender Kolo Toure has failed a drugs test for a ‘specified substance’ it has emerged.
The 29-year-old, who moved to the City of Manchester Stadium for £14m in 2009, has been informed by the FA that an ‘A’ sample that he has given has returned a positive result
City confirmed in a statement that Toure “has been suspended from participating in all first team and non-first team matches pending the outcome of the legal process.”
The World Anti-Doping Agency defines 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.
Toure joined Arsenal in 2002 and spent seven years at the club under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger, before moving to City.
He served as club captain during the first six months of Roberto Mancini’s reign at the club, before handing over the armband to Carlos Tevez, the Argentina international striker, at the beginning of the season.