Drogba backs ‘ stupid’ mate

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

CHELSEA striker Di­dier Drogba has de­fended his Ivory Coast team­mate Kolo Toure over a failed drug test and says his friend sim­ply made a ‘‘ stupid mis­take’’. Manch­ester City’s Toure, 29, was sus­pended by the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion on Thurs­day af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for an uniden­ti­fied banned sub­stance, and faces a max­i­mum sus­pen­sion of two years. ‘‘ I think we all know how stupid it was, the mis­take, and I don’t think he did it to im­prove his per­for­mance,’’ Drogba said. ‘‘ 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.’’

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