UEFA have confirmed that former Premier League midfielder Samir Nasri has been banned for six months with immediate effect.
European football’s governing body released a statement to that effect on Tuesday afternoon, stating that the ex-Arsenal and Manchester City man was found to be in breach of anti-doping regulations.
“The player Samir Nasri has been found guilty for using a prohibited method in accordance with sub-section M2, par. 2 of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) prohibited list.
“In this context, the CEDB (control, ethics and disciplinary body) has decided to suspend Samir Nasri for six months for violation of the World Anti-doping Code and the UEFA anti-doping regulations.
“This decision was taken on Feb. 22 and is open to appeal.”
The ban is a consequence of Nasri’s infamous visit to the Drip Doctors facility in Los Angeles in December 2016, while the former French international was on loan from Man City at Sevilla.
The 30-year-old received an intravenous drip treatment of micronutrient-infused water while at the facility, as a response to reportedly feeling unwell. The dosage he received, however, was well over the infusion limit allowed for active athletes, and an attempt by Sevilla to obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption was rejected by UEFA in February 2017.
Nasri’s legal representative had already signalled that a six-month ban was likely earlier this week (in a response to a Marca report that it would be for a year), but did not state at the time whether or not his client would appeal the ruling.
Nasri has been without a club since January, after leaving Antalyaspor having just spent six months with the Turkish side.