Stoke City striker Saido Berahino has revealed that a spiked drink at a night club was the cause of an 8-week drug ban he received last year.
The drug ban was the tumultuous end to his career at West Brom, whom he didn’t play for since September.
“To be banned for something you really haven’t done is hard to take,” the 23-year-old told BBC’s Football Focus.
“You go on a night out, you don’t know who you are around and there are people who are out to get you,” said the former England Under-21 international.
“Of course, I was in a nightclub, so I hold my hand up for being irresponsible.
“From then on it all crashed down. To this day, I still cannot understand who would want to do that to me.”
Berahino stated that he wasn’t protected by anybody at West Brom, and revealed he was heavily disillusioned with life at the club.
“No-one protected me at that club,” he said. “It was hard not doing what I really love – that’s what killed me the most.
“Waking up in the morning, playing football and having a smile on your face. Not doing that was the hardest thing for me.”
Berahino’s issues with the club began after they rejected a deadline day bid from Tottenham for his services.
“I was depressed,” he said. “Every morning I walked in the training ground I didn’t want to be there.
“Going from loving something and hating the place that has made you is hard to take. Hate is a strong word but I really didn’t want to be there.
“That is one of the reasons I didn’t sign the contracts they put on the table. It was not about money, it was about my happiness.”