February 26 – Former French international midfielder Samir Nasri is set to be banned by UEFA for six months because of an intravenous drip treatment he took at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016 whilst on holiday according to his lawyers.
Although UEFA have not yet confirmed the ban, Nasri’s legal team told the BBC it was being imposed for contravening World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.
The former Manchester City and Arsenal star left Turkish side Antalyaspor in January and is currently without a club. The infraction is claimed to have taken place whilst he was on loan from Manchester City to Sevilla.
In February 2017, a request by Sevilla for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Nasri was refused by UEFA, whose decision was later upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Spanish sport newspaper Marca reported Nasri has been banned for a year though his lawyer said it was half that time. The 30-year-old played for Arsenal from 2008 to 2011 before moving to City for £25 million where he won two Premier League titles.
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