Mamadou Sakho

UEFA have suspended Liverpool Centre-Back Mamadou Sakho for 30 days, the player is not allowed to feature in any game for 30 days from now on while the European football’s governing body completely investigates his doping test violation.

BBC reports, Sakho will now miss the rest of the campaign for Liverpool because of his own mistake of failing the drugs test, taken right after the 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Europa League round of 16 matches.

A UEFA statement declared: “The proceedings relate to a violation of the UEFA anti-doping regulations after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match.

“Disciplinary proceedings have been instigated against Liverpool FC player Mamadou Sakho, following the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC (1-1), played on March 17.

“The player did not request the analysis of the B sample. UEFA has now suspended the player provisionally for 30 days until a final decision is taken by the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body.

“The date of the disciplinary hearing will be announced at a later stage.”

The 26-year-old France international and his club Liverpool had already agreed on the defender’s unavailability, as a UEFA investigation is going on.

Kolo Toure, the experienced Reds defender, who was banned for six months back in 2011 during his stay at Manchester City after failing drugs test due to a weight-loss drug contained within “water tablets”, which Toure claimed to be a recommendation to him from his wife.

It is solely UEFA’s decision now, whether they are going to put a similar ban on Sakho, which would see him out of the Euro 2016, or an even lengthy one.

No matter when the disciplinary hearing is set for, the suspension on the defender will be backdated to the day it was issued, which is Thursday.


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