Former Manchester City and France player Samir Nasri’s doping ban for using a drip treatment got extended from 6 to 18 months. Nasri underwent the treatment in 2016 when on vacation at Los Angeles but it was a breach of WADA regulations. At the time, he was at Sevilla on loan from Manchester City.
UEFAs ethics and disciplinary inspector argued that the ban was insufficient and hence, the 12-month increment of the ban.
A statement from UEFA said, “The Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 22 February 2018 is amended as follows: 1. The player Samir Nasri is suspended for eighteen (18) months. This suspension will start running on 1 July 2017. 2. The player Samir Nasri is allowed to return to training, with any football club starting from 1 November 2018.”
Nasri last played for Turkish Super Lig club Antalyaspor. He played 8 matches for the club last season and scored twice.
Nasri retired from the national team in 2014 afteafter being omitted from the team’s World Cup squad. He played 41 matches for France, scoring 5 goals.