Poor ol' Samir Nasri has reportedly landed himself in quite the shit-storm after Tuesday night's now-deleted Twitter rampage, which may or may not have been orchestrated by his girlfriend (but in a more accurate sense, absolutely was).
The 29-year-old French midfielder, currently at Sevilla, travelled to Los Angeles during La Liga's winter break where he supposedly received an IV drip from a company named 'Drip Doctors'.
On Tuesday, they posted the following image of Nasri alongside the company's founder and head doctor, Jamilah Sozahdah.
Nasri's girlfriend, Anara Atanes, then launched a tirade of accusations against Sozahdah and Drip Doctors for what she described as their 'off-menu' services. It really did become quite the spectacle.
However, despite his nine-word apology, things have gotten altogether more serious for the former Arsenal and Man City midfielder.
Under WADA rules, only IV infusions of up to 50ml are permitted unless there is clear medical reason, such as a hospital admission, or if an athlete has a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
It's been alleged that Nasri was given an “immunity drip”, which includes one litre of hydration fluid - far in excess of WADA's permitted volume if applied without sufficient and official cause.
Spanish publication El Pais reports that the Spanish anti-doping agency, AEPSAD, have now opened an investigation into Nasri’s alleged use of the IV drip.
In the UK, The Daily Telegraph say Man City offered no comment, but that Sevilla expressed surprise about the allegations, telling the newspaper that they will seek an explanation from Nasri himself when he returns to Spain on Thursday after spending the Spanish winter break Stateside. A spokesperson for the club told the Telegraph, “We are waiting to talk with the player.”
The Telegraph also reports that the AEPSAD and WADA were alerted by Richard Ings, a former officer with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency, who forwarded Drip Doctors' tweet about Nasri to both agencies, whom he thought would take “great interest” in the situation.
Nasri is free to play for Sevilla while the investigation takes place.