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UEFA extends Samir Nasri’s doping ban



UEFA extended former France international Samir Nasri ’ s doping ban from six to 18 months on Wednesday over the intravenous drip treatment he received at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016 .The 31 – year – old , who is currently without a club , was suspended for six months in February after taking a multi – vitamin booster in contravention of World Anti -Doping Agency ( WADA ) rules.

The ban was backdated to July 1 , 2017 , meaning the ex – Manchester City and Arsenal midfielder will be cleared to return next January . He can resume training with a club at the start of November .

Nasri had the drip treatment while he was on loan at Sevilla during the 2016 – 17 season , prompting the Spanish anti – doping agency to open an investigation .

He retroactively appealed to UEFA to grant him a therapeutic use exemption ( TUE ) , but his request was refused by European football ’ s governing body .

Nasri left Turkish side Antalya in January after disappointing six – month spell following his arrival from Manchester City.

Six -time Olympic swimming champion Ryan Lochte was handed a 14 -month suspension last week for a similar infraction , with athletes usually only allowed to receive an IV in the case of medical treatment .

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( AFP )