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Liverpool’s Sakho doping case dismissed

9 Jul

Mamadou Sakho

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho failed a doping test after a Europa League game on 17 March

Liverpool and France defender Mamadou Sakho has had a doping case against him dismissed by Uefa.

The 26-year-old served a provisional 30-day suspension after testing positive for a ‘fat burner’ in March.

Sakho admitted taking the substance, but Uefa had to investigate whether it was actually prohibited.

Its control, ethics and disciplinary body dismissed the case after a hearing including experts from World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratories.

“I am happy that this is finally over,” Sakho said. “It’s been a difficult time for me but I knew I had done nothing wrong.

“I am looking forward to getting back in the team and playing again.”

Centre-back Sakho’s failed test followed Liverpool’s Europa League last-16 second-leg tie against Manchester United on 17 March.

He was eligible for selection for his country for Euro 2016 but was left out of the squad.

Liverpool said in a statement: “We are pleased for Mamadou that he can now resume his playing career.”

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