Sevilla's Samir Nasri controls the ball during a Champions League match.
Sevilla's Samir Nasri controls the ball during a Champions League match. Darko Bandic

Nasri facing doping probe after tweet

MANCHESTER City midfielder Samir Nasri is facing an anti-doping investigation after it was revealed he received an IV drip at an American clinic last week.

The Frenchman, who is on loan to Sevilla, was reportedly given an "immunity drip”, which includes one litre of hydration fluid, by the Drip Doctors clinic in Los Angeles.

The World Anti-Doping Agency only allows intravenous infusions of up to 50ml unless there is a clear medical reason.

The Spanish anti-doping agency has opened an investigation into Nasri (pictured) and his use of the IV drip, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais. Sevilla will ask Nasri for an explanation when he returns to Spain this week after spending the winter break in the United States.

Nasri's use of the clinic came to light when the Drip Doctors account tweeted about Nasri's attendance, which led to a series of explicit and swiftly deleted tweets from Nasri's account. Nasri later explained that he was hacked.

The picture caught the attention of Richard Ings, a former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency officer, who sent it on to WADA and the Spanish anti-doping agency, adding the comment "should be of great interest”.

The Independent has attempted to contact Nasri's representatives and the World Anti-Doping Agency, but had yet to receive a response.