Samir Nasri has had his doping ban increased from six to 18 months following Uefa’s ethics and disciplinary inspector’s decision to appeal the original sentence that was deemed too lenient.
Nasri was given the ban in February after receiving an intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in breach of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) rules.
Uefa’s ethics and disciplinary inspector argued that ban was insufficient and on Wednesday the European governing body extended his suspension to 18 months.
The ban is backdated to 1 July, 2017, even though Nasri has played since then, making eight appearances for Antalyaspor in Turkey between signing in August 2017 and leaving in January this year. Nasri, who is a free agent, can return to training with any club from November.
A Uefa statement said: “The Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body’s decision of 22 February 2018 is amended as follows: 1. The player Samir Nasri is suspended for eighteen (18) months. This suspension will start running on 1 July 2017. 2. The player Samir Nasri is allowed to return to training, with any football club starting from 1 November 2018.”
Nasri received the treatment in December 2016 while on holiday. He was on loan at Sevilla from Manchester City.
Wada rules state there is a 50 millilitre infusion limit per six-hour period for active athletes but it was alleged he received 500 millilitres of hydration in the form of sterile water containing micronutrient components.