UEFA hit France international Samir Nasri with six-month doping ban

Vastavam web: Former Manchester City midfielder and France international Samir Nasri was handed a six-month doping ban “for using a prohibited method” by European football governing body UEFA today.Nasri, 30, had appealed to UEFA for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) following a multi-vitamin intravenous booster he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016.However, he still has the right to appeal against his ban, UEFA said.

The method is on the World Anti-doping Agency’s prohibited list and carries a maximum ban of four years.Nasri is currently without a club having left Turkish side Antalyaspor by mutual consent last month.Nasri was at that time on loan from City at Sevilla, who expressed surprise when the story broke in the media — Spanish anti-doping authorities quickly took up the matter and opened an inquiry at the end of 2016.

After shining as a youngster at his hometown club Marseille, Nasri was recruited by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal and switched three seasons later to City for a then sizeable 25 million (28m euros, 35m) transfer.