Former Arsenal and Manchester City star Samir Nasri has accused his doping ban of ruining his career.
In 2016, the former France international traveled to Los Angeles to receive injections deemed illegal by UEFA and received an 18-month suspension that tarnished his career.
Due to the length of the suspension, Nasri was unable to regain his form and decided to retire at 34.
And the attacking midfielder revealed his frustrations to the Journal du Dimanche.
“It was a vitamin injection because I was sick,” he said.
“I found it more than unfair, I did not take any drugs. It stopped me in my tracks.
Following his ban, the player was still at Sevilla but found life difficult even though his then manager Jorge Sampaoli wanted him on the pitch.
“I didn’t want to play after that. I even told Sampaoli to leave me behind, but he always wanted me to play.
“I was destroyed because I thought I was going to be banned for two years.
“I was lost, I was anxious and angry with everything. I didn’t show it on the pitch but the football was over for me.
After his stay in Seville ended he had brief stints with West Ham and Anderlecht, but he has now decided to hang up permanently.
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