Former Premier League midfielder Samir Nasri has been banned for six months by European governing body UEFA for receiving an intravenous drip treatment in Los Angeles, California in December 2016.
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During the time in question, Nasri was on loan from Manchester City with Spanish side Sevilla.
Nasri reportedly received the treatment upon an initial diagnosis from his ex-girlfriend Dr. Sarabjit Anand. He later traveled to LA for the treatment, where a private medical company known as the Drip Doctors, set up the IV drip for Nasri.
The IV was said to have contained sterile water containing 50 milliliters of micronutrient components, which given in an infusion over the span of six hours is considered illegal by the World Anti-doping Agency.
Nasri is without a club at this time, after last appearing for Turkish club Antalyaspor in January. The 30-year-old left the side this winter after making just eight appearances in all competitions.
Some of Manchester City’s most expensive signings will be left home this month as the team heads to the U.S. for the start of its preseason slate.
According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola has decided to leave goalkeeper Joe Hart, defenders Eliaquim Mangala and Jason Denayer, midfielder Samir Nasri and forward Wilfried Bony back in Manchester ahead of the club’s U.S. tour. Combined, the players are reportedly valued at more than $155 million.
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All five players spent last season away from the Etihad Stadium on loan and are reportedly not in Guardiola’s plans for the upcoming season.
Samir Nasri‘s sending off was silly and may have cost Sevilla its comeback bid against Leicester City, but was Jamie Vardy a villain in the incident?
Nasri leaned into Vardy as the pair clashed heads following the Leicester man’s reaction to a foul in the UEFA Champions League’s second leg.
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And while Nasri certainly deserved a second yellow for the altercation, Vardy helped make sure it came true by wildly reacting to the contact. The Englishman also seemed to move his head toward contact.
Nasri does not like Vardy much right now. From the BBC:
“He played it well. I thought the English players were tougher than that. He is the one who came to my face.”
“If I tell the truth I don’t think you will be able to write it. I would love to speak to him – there are too many cameras and security and I have to think about next year and not getting a big suspension.”
Expect these quotes not to be lent much credence despite some truth due to Nasri’s status as a bit of a baby. The former Man City man quit the France national team after being dropped once by Didier Deschamps, and has been investigated for IV doping amongst other negative headlines.
But Vardy played his part to the extreme, a bit of gamesmanship which helped Leicester move onto the quarters. Should he be faulted for that? Both chatted “stuff”, Vardy got banged.
If found guilty of doping, Samir Nasri could be in a world of trouble in regards to his professional playing career.
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Nasri is currently being investigated by the Spanish Agency for Health Protection in Sport (AEPSAD) after allegedly receiving an intravenous drip treatment at a Los Angeles clinic.
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The 29-year-old midfielder is currently on loan from Manchester City with La Liga side Sevilla, however, the Spaniard could face a ban of up to four years if found guilty of doping.
The Drip Doctors clinic alleged that Nasri was given the “Immunity IV Drip” which was used to “combat superbugs and common viruses.”
Nasri hasn’t been suspended to date and appeared for Sevilla in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey defeat against Real Madrid.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) Spanish club Sevilla says the national anti-doping agency is looking into reports that midfielder Samir Nasri recently had intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic.
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The clinic, Drip Doctors, posted a photo of Nasri on its Facebook and Twitter accounts on Tuesday, saying it had provided him with a drip “to help keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season.”
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It describes the drip as an infusion to boost the immune system and contains “high dose vitamin C, B vitamins, lysine and zinc combined with specially formulated nutrients.”
Sevilla spokesman Jesus Gomez told The Associated Press on Friday that “the agency has been in contact with the club to ask for information” about the player.
A spokesman for the anti-doping agency told the AP that its investigators are checking whether any treatment Nasri may have received had steered clear of the list of prohibited substances. The spokesman spoke anonymously as dictated by agency policy.
The 29-year-old Nasri, who is on loan from English Premier League club Manchester City after not fitting into new coach Pep Guardiola‘s plans, returned with the rest of his teammates from their winter break to start training on Friday.
Nasri has proved to be a key player for Jorge Sampaoli’s Sevilla, which has reached the Champions League’s round-of-16 and sits third in the Spanish league at the winter break.