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Jun 10, 2011

Toure blamed club doc over pills

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure, who is currently serving a six-month suspension for taking a banned weight loss product, blamed the club doctor according to a report from the FA panel that investigated the case.

• Kolo Toure suspended over drug test

Toure will be out of action until September after failing the drug test on February 11, the day before the Manchester derby at Old Trafford. However, the FA panel released its full report on how the Ivorian met club doctor Jamie Butler at the team hotel the night before an FA Cup tie at Notts County on January 30 to check the tablets were okay.

The report stated: "Toure's recollection was that he gave that bag to the club doctor in the hotel restaurant that evening and asked him 'These supplements I take. Are they okay?'

"Toure recalled Dr Butler looking through the bag, lifting out some of the contents and telling him that 'Everything in the bag is okay.' That was not Dr Butler's recollection."

However, the panel concluded Butler was not to blame, as the report added: "The commission accepted Dr Butler's evidence that had he been asked about using 'water tablets' he would unequivocally have said such were prohibited and should not be used."

In his evidence, submitted to the FA as part of his defence, Toure admitted to taking water tablets from early last January, to combat a weight problem he had battled for years.

"Toure's case was that he took the water tablets to reduce the size and appearance of his belly, flowing from his misplaced perception that he was fat, a symptom of a medical condition," the report stated.

Ultimately, the panel concluded Toure did not take the tablets for performance-enhancing reasons and decided a six-month ban, backdated to March 2, was sufficient.

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