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Liverpool defender Sakho suspended for 30 days for doping


Liverpool: Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho was on Thursday provisionally suspended for 30 days by European football’s governing body (UEFA) after it opened disciplinary proceedings against him following a failed drugs test.

The suspension will commence immediately until a final decision is taken by UEFA’s disciplinary body.

The 26-year-old tested positive for a banned substance after his team’s Europa League win against Manchester United on 17 March.

He chose not to challenge the results.

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

The France international and his club had already agreed he would remain unavailable while a Uefa investigation was completed.

A statement issued by UEFA 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 17 March.

“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.”