Drogba comes to Toure defence

It emerged on March 3 that Manchester City defender Toure, 29, had

tested positive for “a specified substance” and he was promptly

suspended. He has received support from Arsene Wenger, his former

manager at Arsenal, who also revealed that Toure believes the

failed test occurred after he took a slimming tablet belonging to

his wife. Brother Yaya has spoken in defence of his older sibling

and now Chelsea striker Drogba has stood in his friend’s corner.

Drogba, in Barcelona to promote his humanitarian foundation at the

Global Sports Forum, said: “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. “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).” Toure’s

club Manchester City have kept their counsel on the situation,

although manager Roberto Mancini admitted the issue had affected

both Toure and his team-mates. “I have spoken to him and he is not

great at this moment,” he said at the weekend. “We are disappointed

because we love Kolo as a man and as a player.”