Kolo Toure "was taking his wife's diet pills"
Published 12:59 04/03/11 By David McDonnell
Kolo Toure failed a drugs test after taking his wife's diet pills, one of his advisors has claimed.
Manchester City defender Toure has been suspended from playing after an A-sample from a routine doping test returned positive for a "specified substance".
Toure is now awaiting the results of the B-sample, to see whether it puts him in the clear or corroborates the original sample - which could ultimately see him hit with a two-year ban.
One of Toure's advisors, Valere Gouriso, said the 29-year-old had taken a dietray supplement belonging to his wife Awo, unaware it contained a banned substance.
"It is true that he has been banned," said Gouriso. "I will travel to England shortly to support him and deal with it.
"Right now, the club is waiting for me to get there so that we can sit down and discuss this.
"After the match against Manchester United, he was attending a routine doping test. Then it turned out that it was positive.
"Of course he is sad about this and what happened but he took something and did not know what it contained.
"He took pills to lose weight. He has used the pills his wife used to lose weight - he tried them also to lose weight and it turned there was a substance in them that was not good."
Toure has been banned from all levels of playing until the matter has been concluded and the controversy places a huge question mark over his City career.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has spoken with former Gunners captain Toure since news broke of his positive test, and confirmed the diet-pills explanation.
"He wants to control his weight a little bit because that's where he has some problems and he took the product of his wife," said Wenger.
"Never trust your wife! That is how he was caught."
Toure moved to Eastlands in 2009 having spent seven seasons at Arsenal.
Wenger spoke of the player's character in glowing terms and insisted Toure's error was failing to check the legality of the product he took.
"I think it is a mistake. He was not cautious enough. I don't think there's a desire there to do something wrong and hide it," said Wenger.
"It is a complete surprise, because I had Kolo Toure here for years. I brought him here.
"He is a boy who has a clean life. He's very honest-living, always at home, a family man, and I don't suspect him at all to have taken drugs to enhance his performances.
"I just think it is a mistake by forgetting to ask, 'Can I take that?'"