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Toure receives Ivory Coast backing

March 10, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has received the written support of the Ivorian Football Federation after his failed drug test.

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Toure has been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into his positive test last week and faces a potential ban of up to two years, but he has been assured of full support from club and country.

According to the Daily Telegraph, IFF managing director Ardiouma Kone wrote: "In these hard times that you cross, The Executive Committee of the Ivorian Football Federation and its President, His Excellency Ambassador Jacques Anouma, would like to assure you of compassion and support.

"The Ivorian Football Federation, which could always count on your availability and your commitment to defend an exemplary way the colours of Ivory Coast, hopes for a successful outcome of the legal process that requires this case to allow you to find joy playing football, your passion."