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Drogba defends Toure

Chelsea's Didier Drogba has defended Ivory Coast team-mate Kolo Toure and said his failed drugs test was "a stupid mistake" rather than an act of cheating.

It was revealed on March 3 the 29-year-old Manchester City defender Toure had tested positive for "a specified substance'' and he was hit with an immediate suspension.

He has received the backing of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, his former boss, who also claimed that Toure believes the failed test happened after he took one of his wife's slimming tablet.

His brother and Manchester City team-mate Yaya has also defended his sibling and now Chelsea striker Drogba has stood in his friend's corner.

"It would be a difficult situation for us if he is banned because he is one of the most important players, one of the oldest, most experienced players," Drogba said.

"It would be very difficult for us if something like this happens. I think we all know how stupid it was, the mistake, and I don't think he did it to improve his performance. I think it was just a mistake and we feel sorry for him and he has all our support, and that's the maximum we can do.

"I spoke to him and he was down, but that is normal. He said it was just a mistake. There's not a big difference between what is said by Arsene Wenger and what he said (to me)."


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