The Ivory Coast's football association (IFA) has sent letters to Ivorian international defender Kolo Touré and his club Manchester City, backing them after the player’s suspension for failing a drug test.
“The Ivory Coast Football Association, the technical staff of the national team and the players confirm their support for Touré in these difficult moments,” reads a statement on the federation’s official web site.
The English Football Association suspended the 30-year old defender for an indefinite period after he tested positive for a specified substance last Thursday.
The IFA hailed the player’s exemplary attitude and dedication to his team and said that they “hope for a happy ending for the legal process so that the player could return rapidly to action.“
The IFA also sent a support letter to the Premier League side Manchester City, saying that “the Ivory Coast Football Association expresses its support for the English side which was forced to lose an important player at this crucial stage of the season."
Manchester City are third in the league table with 53 points, seven points behind leaders Manchester United.