At the end of the last Premier League season, Liverpool were dealt a blow after it was revealed that French International Mamadou Sakho was banned by UEFA for drug abuse.
According to the report, Sakho, who was a part of the club’s victory over Manchester United in a Europe League encounter, was apparently under the influence of a substance that is on the banned list for UEFA.
He was handed a one-month ban for the usage of the substance later referred to as a ‘fat burner’ and as a result missed the Europa League final and though was eligible to play for his nation in the EUROs in his home country, he was omitted from the squad.
The UEFA organized another meeting last Thursday to decide his future and it is now understood that the 26-year old is free from all charges and is allowed to resume his career with the club and the country.
Sakho, who admitted to using the substance unknowingly was suspended initially to investigate whether it was actually prohibited.
The control, ethics and disciplinary body of the UEFA now dismissed the case in a hearing that included experts from World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratories.
“I am happy that this is finally over,” Sakho said. “It’s been a difficult time for me but I knew I had done nothing wrong.
“I am looking forward to getting back in the team and playing again.”
Liverpool football club were also quick to acknowledge it and said in a statement, “Liverpool Football Club welcomes today’s decision from UEFA to dismiss the case against Mamadou Sakho, confirming that he did not commit any doping violation,”
“We are pleased for Mamadou that he can now resume his playing career,” they added.
However, this saga seems to have not ended yet as the ban on Sakho saw him lose a lot more than just his image.
After the ban cost him a place in the Europa League final, he was dropped from the EUROs squad by France and he later also lost a sponsorship deal that saw his career take a nasty turn thanks to the doping allegations.
But now that he is relieved of the charges, Liverpool and the player are reportedly looking to sue the UEFA for its troubles.
However, the club will be happy to see him back after he missed the first pre-season game and for the Liverpool fans, he will hopefully have a huge role to play at the club next season.