Sakho Facing Ban After Liverpool Star Failed Drugs Test Following Man Utd Game
Mamadou Sakho is facing a lengthy ban after failing a drugs test following Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Manchester United last month.
Mamadou Sakho is under investigation from UEFA and facing a lengthy ban after failing a drugs test following Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Manchester United last month.
Liverpool released a statement on their official website a short time ago confirming that the club had received notice from UEFA that they were investigating Sakho after the defender provided a positive drugs test.
The Liverpool Echo claim that Sakho provided the sample following the Merseysiders 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie on March 17th.
Contrary to some reports, Liverpool have confirmed the French international has NOT been suspended by the club or UEFA as yet, but the Reds have understandably decided that he won’t be available for selection while the investigation is on-going.
Sakho has until Tuesday to respond to the charge but the Liverpool Echo suggest that the centre-back is expected to ask for a B sample to be taken as he’s told the club he acted in good faith and doesn’t know what would has led to a positive test.
The news has caused quite the stir on social media with fans speculating as to what ‘drug’ Sakho has taken but reports in his native France suggest the defender was using a fat burner to try and lose weight.
Team mate Kolo Toure was banned for six months for a similar offence during his time with Manchester City in 2011 while Rio Ferdinand was slapped with an 8-month ban for skipping a mandatory drug test while at Manchester United.
Sakho is now facing a similar ban which will come as a huge blow to Jurgen Klopp’s men as they gear up for their Europa League semi-final double header with Villarreal. The 26-year-old could also be forced to miss this summer’s European Championships in his home country.
Some United supports have been calling for Liverpool to be kicked out of the Europa League following news of Sakho’s failed test, but there is no chance any action will be taken against the Merseysiders.
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