City ready to fine Toure
Kolo Toure could be fined as much as £600,000 following Manchester City's disciplinary hearing into a failed drugs test.
An internal hearing into the circumstances which led to the defender serving a six-month worldwide suspension was conducted by City yesterday.
Having recently attempted to punish Carlos Tevez with a four week fine for his no-show in a Champions League game, it is understood the club is minded to impose a punishment which recognises Toure's drug charge is more serious.
The Ivory Coast star is now facing a forfeit of six weeks of his £100,000 a week salary.
City were deliberating the punishment for the defender last night, but it has become clear they are well aware comparisons will be made with the Tevez case.
Tevez's initial fine of four weeks was halved when the Professional Footballers' Association refused to ratify the punishment.
PFA Chairman Gordon Taylor represented Toure at yesterday's hearing in Manchester, adding to the political intrigue since City are unhappy with his intervention over Tevez.
The PFA has no remit to downgrade any fine related to a drugs charge, so if the fine exceeds two weeks wages there will be no repeat of the reprieve given to the Argentine striker. Taylor said the player was shocked to have been summoned for the hearing after such a long delay.
"It just seems strange that after being welcomed back to the club, reinstated as captain for Carling Cup matches, that someone has come up with this hearing," said Taylor.