Saido Berahino has claimed that an eight-week drugs suspension earlier in the season was because his drink was spiked on a night out.
The Stoke City striker was still at West Brom at the time of the ban, before his January move to the Potters for £12m.
He didn’t play for the Baggies from September to January but it was only revealed why he had to sit out so much action after he had moved clubs earlier this year.
“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.
“Of course, I was in a nightclub, so I hold my hand up for being irresponsible.”
Baggies manager Tony Pulis, who revealed that Berahino had been banned by the FA , had repeatedly told reporters the former England U21 striker was missing out due to lack of fitness.
The young striker claims he became an outcast at the Hawthorns and suffered with depression after a lack of support.
“No-one protected me at that club,” Berahino added.
“It was hard not doing what I really love – that’s what killed me the most.”
He added: “I was depressed.
“Every morning I walked in the training ground I didn’t want to be there.”
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