Mamadou Sakho faces a Lengthy and Worldwide Ban from FIFA

Indranil Bhattacharya / 03 May 2016
Mamadou Sakho faces a Lengthy and Worldwide Ban from FIFA

Last month, after Liverpool’s Europa League win over Manchester United, Mamadou Sakho was found guilty as he failed the drug test. As a result of this he was provisionally banned from all sorts of football competitions for 30 days, and the governing bodies continued their investigations.

The breaking news is that the France International’s UEFA suspension for the violation of anti-doping conduct has been extended by FIFA, which restricts him to participating in any sort of footballing activity all around the world.

Last Thursday the Liverpool defender received a primary ban of 30 days by UEFA, for failing a drugs test after the Europa League match with Manchester United at the Old Trafford – reportedly because of a fat-burning substance or supplement.

The defender had a chance to request for his B sample be tested but he did not do that and tried to plead mitigation to avoid a lengthier ban. Chances were pretty little for Sakho to return to the Premier League or to the France squad for EURO 2016 again, despite all this he chose to plead and not to test his B sample.

FIFA have now officially announced that the 26 year old Liverpool defender will not play for Liverpool again this season, as they have extended his ban, which includes suspension from international and friendly matches too.

Goal.com has released FIFA’s official statement:

FIFA’s statement read: “The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the sanction imposed on 28 April 2016 by the chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of UEFA on the French player Mamadou Sakho for an anti-doping rule violation to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 136 ff. of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

“As a consequence, Mr Sakho is provisionally suspended worldwide for 30 days as of 28 April 2016 in accordance with the terms of the decision passed by the chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of UEFA.

“This suspension covers all types of matches, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures.

“The decision of the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified today to The Football Association, the French Football Association and UEFA.”