Samir Nasri speaks out on his drug ban: “I didn’t know the rules”

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Samir Nasri of West Ham United acknowledges the fans as he is substituted during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal FC at London Stadium on January 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

French midfielder Samir Nasri revealed he was unaware of violating any rules at the time he was receiving IV treatment in Los Angeles.

Back in 2016, Nasri was on holiday in the United States after spending a season on loan at Sevilla in La Liga from Manchester City.

The 31-year-old fell ill during his vacation and paid a visit to a Drip Doctors clinic for IV treatment, which saw him even pose for a photograph at the clinic.

Soon afterwards, however, Nasri was handed an 18-month ban for breaching the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules, which he feared would bring an end to his career.

“I was on holiday with my family. I became ill, I had a virus,” Nasri told L’Equipe.

“I did not leave my room, I was suffering from vomiting, big headaches, I was empty.

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“I called a friend and told him to find me a doctor. He couldn’t. He said to me: ‘There is a clinic, it will re-boost you’. Especially as I was going back to Sevilla in two days’ time.

“I said okay. I didn’t know the rules. And that, by the way, should serve as a lesson to all young players, to properly read the anti-doping rules, to really pay attention, because everything can go in a completely different direction.

“To be honest, I did not think that anything would come of it. This woman came to give me a drip of vitamins.

“She asked for a photo, I said yes, for me I hadn’t done anything wrong. I was of the view that this was not a doping product, it was fine.

“Can I promise that I have never doped? Yes, I have handed over the files, there was no doping product in it.”

The former Arsenal and City playmaker has now returned to football at West Ham and he’s made a total of three appearances since signing for the club earlier this month.

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