UEFA Suspend Sakho For 30 Days For Doping

Europe’s football governing body, UEFA, have suspended Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho for 30 days following his failed drug test.

The France international opted against a further sample being tested ahead of Tuesday’s deadline after his initial sample revealed traces of a fat-burning substance.

A statement released on UEFA’s website on Thursday said: “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 proceedings relate to a violation of the UEFA anti-doping regulations, after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match.

“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.”

Liverpool play the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at Villarreal on Thursday evening.

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