The 26-year-old was cleared of any
transgression following a hearing on
Thursday and is happy his ordeal is
“finally over” after missing the end of
the season and Euro 2016
Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho is looking
forward to getting back on the pitch
after a “difficult time” having learned
that UEFA have quashed his doping
Following a hearing on Thursday with
the defender’s lawyers and World Anti-
Doping Agency experts, UEFA’s
Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body
decided to dismiss the case.
The 26-year-old failed a drugs test
after the Reds drew 1-1 with
Manchester United at Old Trafford on
March 17, which saw them progress to
the quarter-finals of the Europa
He subsequently missed both legs of
the semi-finals as well as the
showpiece in Basel as disciplinary
proceedings were opened against him
and a 30-day provisional ban put in
Sakho has also been denied the
opportunity of representing France at
Euro 2016 and potentially lifting the
trophy with the national team in front of
their home fans when they face
Portugal in the final on Sunday.
His legal team have maintained that the
fat burner which triggered the positive
result should never have been on the
banned substance list.
“I am happy that this is finally over,”
Sakho said in a statement on
Liverpool’s official website. “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.”
Liverpool have welcomed the ruling,
which gives the club a further boost
heading into the 2016-17 season after
Jurgen Klopp signed a new six-year
deal on Friday morning.
The player will now consider whether
there are grounds for legal action given
the setbacks the case has caused him
both at club and international level and
Liverpool, too, will explore their