Sakho cleared for Liverpool return after anti-doping case ends

Date published: Friday 8th July 2016 8:39

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Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is free to play again after his anti-doping violation case was dismissed by an independent UEFA body.

The France international tested positive for a ‘fat burner’ after the Reds’ Europa League tie against Manchester United at Old Trafford in March, and served an initial 30-day suspension.

But that initial ban was not extended as UEFA launched an investigation into whether the substance Sakho took should even be on the banned list – and the governing body announced on Friday the case was dismissed.

A UEFA statement read: “The independent UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary Body (CEDB) met in Paris and has reached a decision relating to the proceedings instigated against Liverpool player Mamadou Sakho, following the Europa League round of 16 second-leg match between Manchester United and Liverpool 1-1), played on 17 March 2016.

“The proceedings against Mr Sakho related to a violation of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match. Following a hearing with the lawyers of the player and experts of the WADA-accredited laboratories on this case, the CEDB has decided to dismiss the case.”

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