Stoke City striker Saido Berahino says he was an innocent party
and did not take drugs claiming to the BBC someone spiked his
drink which led to an eight week ban earlier this season.
The 23-year-old -- who moved to Stoke from Premier League rivals
West Brom in the January transfer window for £12million ($15
million, 13.9 million euros) -- claimed his drink was spiked at a
"To be banned for something you really haven't done is hard to
take," the former England Under-21 international told the BBC
adding the level of the drug in his body was so low it proved he
hadn't intentionally taken it.
"You go on a night out, you don't know who you are around and
there are people who are out to get you.
"Of course, I was in a nightclub, so I hold my hand up for being
"From then on it all crashed down. To this day, I still cannot
understand who would want to do that to me."
Berahino, who caught the eye in the 2014-15 season when he
finished as West Brom's top scorer with 20 goals in all
competitions, didn't play for his former club from September 10
last year to the day he left.
His and the club's relationship never recovered after he fell out
with West Brom manager Tony Pulis and chairman Jeremy Peace after
being denied a move to Tottenham Hotspur in August 2015,
resulting in a long-running contract dispute.