West Ham United midfielder Samir Nasri has admitted he 'didn't know the rules' as he discussed the intravenous drip treatment, which led to him receiving an 18-month football ban.
The Frenchman received the ban in 2016, which increased from an initial six-month term, after being found to have violated UEFA's anti-doping regulations during a loan spell at Sevilla from Manchester City, having used treatment from the now infamous Drip Doctors.
Speaking to L'Equipe, Nasri has now given his side of the story. However, while he admits he didn't know the rules, he denies that he engaged in 'doping'.
Nasri said: "
"I called a friend and told him to find me a doctor.
"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."
Wanting to get his career back on track, Nasri also wanted to refute any accusations made against him of doping, with him maintaining his innocence throughout the incident.
He added: "
"Can I promise that I have never doped?
Source : 90min