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Six-month ban relief for Toure

The Ivory Coast international defender, who was given the suspension at an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing convened at Wembley by the Football Association, will now be back in action for City on September 2 having seen the ban backdated to March 2.
Toure admitted that his offence, which was contrary to Regulation 3 of the FA Doping Regulations 210-11, having used water tablets belonging to his wife.
However the panel, headed up by Christopher Quinlan QC, were happy that Toure did not intend to enhance his sporting performance or to mask the use of a performance-enhancing substance.
After the outcome, Toure told his club's official website: "This has been a difficult period for me. I am sad to have missed the team's triumph of securing Champions League football and also the FA Cup victory at Wembley.
"But I am relieved I will be able to return to football in September and thank the FA's commission for their understanding about my case in coming to their decision."

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