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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 20 August 2018

Samir Nasri doping ban extended to 18 months

Frenchman wsa handed original suspension in February after Uefa found him 'guilty of using a prohibited method in accordance with the Wada prohibited list'

Samir Nasri was sanctioned for receiving an intravenous drip treatment at a clinic in Los Angeles in 2016, when he was on loan at Sevilla from City.. AP Photo
Samir Nasri was sanctioned for receiving an intravenous drip treatment at a clinic in Los Angeles in 2016, when he was on loan at Sevilla from City.. AP Photo

Midfielder Samir Nasri has had his doping ban increased to 18 months following an appeal against the original six-month sanction, European football's governing body Uefa has said.

Nasri was handed the original suspension in February after Uefa found the 31-year-old Frenchman "guilty of using a prohibited method in accordance with the Wada [World Anti-Doping Agency] prohibited list".

The former France international's lawyer had said Nasri was sanctioned for receiving an intravenous drip treatment at a clinic in Los Angeles in 2016, when he was on loan at Sevilla from Manchester City.

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"The player Samir Nasri is suspended for 18 months. This suspension will start running on 1 July 2017," Uefa said in a statement on its website.

"The player Samir Nasri is allowed to return to training, with any football club starting from 1 November 2018."

Uefa said Nasri's amended suspension was a result of negotiations between the player, Wada, the French Anti-Doping Agency and Uefa's Ethics and Disciplinary inspector, who originally believed a two-year suspension was warranted.

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