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Kolo Toure Diet Pills
In another example of drugs having their say in the Premier League, Kolo Toure was found to have failed a drugs test in November 2011 (via BBC Sport) and was hit with a six-month ban.
Manchester City also fined the Ivorian six weeks' wages for his mistake, despite the fact that Toure remains adamant that he merely took his diet tablets belonging to his wife.
Patrice Evra/Luis Suarez Racism Row
Racism reared its ugly head once more when Luis Suarez was accused of racist abuse towards Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in 2011, when Suarez admitted to using the word “negro” in Evra’s vicinity (via Metro).
Although the incident seems to now be at rest after the pair finally shook hands in one of their latest encounters (via Daily Mail), this was just another example that showed that the Premier League’s fight against racism could be far from over.
Mark Clattenburg Racist Accusations
It’s one thing for the players on the pitch to be accused of racism, but it’s another issue entirely when the allegations are aimed at a referee, since the officials are there to make sure such matters don’t pose an issue.
In 2012, the Daily Mail reported that two unnamed Chelsea players said they heard referee Mark Clattenburg make racist remarks during a fixture against Manchester United.
Chelsea later stated that they regretted their handling of the whole incident (BBC Sport), but its impact was nevertheless felt at the time.
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