City - Toure talk unhelpful
Man City have called for quiet on Kolo Toure's failed drug test, branding outsider comment as 'unhelpful'.
Last Updated: 05/03/11 5:41pm
Manchester City have called for quiet on Kolo Toure's failed drug test, branding outsider comment as 'unhelpful'.
The Ivorian defender has been suspended from all competitive action until his case is heard by the Football Association.
There is a chance that he could be handed a two-year ban should he be found guilty of using illegal substances.
For now, though, City are keen for the issue to be dealt with in-house, until a judgement by the relevant authorities is made.
They are keen for those who feel it is okay to have their say on the matter to keep their views to themselves, with it unnecessary to air their opinion in public.
City would appear to be hinting at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has claimed that Toure's failed test is down to a slimming tablet, and Valere Gouriso, a man who has spoken out and claims to be Toure's agent.
A statement released by the Blues on their official website read: "The football club has noted public comments by a number of parties connected to Kolo Toure, regarding the ongoing matter of his current suspension.
"Whilst the club will continue to make no comment on the nature, status and possible outcome of this case until its conclusion, it would like to stress that public statements from such individuals are unhelpful and in some cases untrue.
"The club would like to make it absolutely clear that until comments made by a Mr Gouriso in particular appeared in the public domain, officials of Manchester City knew neither of his existence nor even of his purported connection to Kolo Toure.
"Suggestions that he has spoken to club officials are wholly without foundation."