Wait goes on for Sakho as initial 30-day ban passes

Date published: Saturday 28th May 2016 2:30

Mamadou Sakho: Frozen out by Liverpool

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is still waiting to discover his fate after his initial 30-day ban for failing a drugs test came to an end.

The French defender is awaiting on UEFA to announce when he must face an official disciplinary hearing over the failed test after he tested positive for a banned substance – reportedly a fat burner – after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on March 17.

The 26-year-old declined the chance to submit a B sample after UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings against him on April 28, but European football’s governing body confirmed that they are yet to set a date for Sakho’s hearing.

Liverpool Mamadou Sakho

A UEFA spokesman told the Daily Mail: “A date has not been confirmed yet. More information will follow as of next week.”

Liverpool decided to make Sakho unavailable for selection after the charge, and the Frenchman missed the Reds’ final seven fixtures, including the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla.

Sakho is expected to be handed a minimum six-month suspension when he eventually faces the hearing, which would see him miss the start of next season. The former PSG defender has already been left out of France’s Euro 2016 squad.

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