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Lawyer: 'Samir Nasri banned for six months following drip treatment'

Lawyer: 'Nasri given six-month football ban'
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Samir Nasri is set to be banned from football for six months because of a drip treatment he took at a Los Angeles clinic in 2016, according to his lawyer.

Samir Nasri has been hit with a football ban following an investigation into the intravenous drip treatment that he received at a Los Angeles clinic, according to the player's lawyer.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder allegedly received 500ml of hydration in the form of sterile water containing micronutrient components on December 26, 2016, while on holiday.

The treatment, administered to the player while he was on loan at Sevilla, appeared to have contravened World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules, leading to a Spanish Anti-Doping investigation.

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 newspaper Marca had reported that Nasri has been banned for one year, stating that UEFA will confirm the news on Monday, but Nasri's lawyer, who wished not to be named, disputed the duration.

The lawyer said in an email quoted in The Telegraph that Nasri had received a ban, writing: "Indeed. But he has received only six months' suspension."

Nasri is currently without a club, having left Antalyaspor in January after just six months with the Turkish team.

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