Kolo Touré and the Surprising Six-Month Suspension
Strict standards for athletes competing in all sports regarding performance-enhancing substances are in place. However, Kolo Touré, an Ivorian former soccer player who played for Manchester City, was found to have traces of an illicit substance in his system in 2011. This was very strange because Touré is a Muslim, and they abstain from consuming alcohol or illegal drugs. He also had a clean record up until that point.
Arsène Wenger, the team’s manager, came to Touré’s defense and claimed he gave him diet pills which contained the illicit substance. As a result of this offense, Touré was banned for six months by the World Anti-Doping Agency.