Liverpool Football Club will be without French defender Mamadou Sakho after confirming that UEFA are investigating a “possible anti-doping rule violation” regarding the center back.
UEFA has since confirmed that Sakho must “provide explanations for the presence of a prohibited substance” found in his body following Liverpool’s Europa League clash against Manchester United on March 17.
Sakho has until Tuesday to explain the substance and can also request the analysis of the B sample.
Initial reports in France stated that Sakho has been “temporarily suspended” after failing a drugs test and the report from RMC Sport also claimed that Sakho had been “suspended by the club after a positive drug test due to a fat burner.”
However, Liverpool stressed that Sakho “is currently not subject to any playing suspension” but they have decided to make him unavailable for selection.
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RMC also claim that Sakho took the fat burner with a “purely personal and therapeutic interest to remove fat” but that he is suspended amid further investigations. The French defender, 26, has become somewhat of a cult figure at Anfield in recent months and his possible absence will be a big blow for Liverpool.
In the statement released by the club, Sakho will not be available for selection until this matter is resolved.
Yesterday, Friday 22nd April 2016, a formal communication was received from UEFA stating that they are investigating a possible anti-doping rule violation by Mamadou Sakho.
The player will respond to UEFA on the matter.
The player is currently not subject to any playing suspension. However, the club, in consultation with the player, has decided that while this process is followed the player will not be available for selection for matches.
There will be no further comment at this time.
His wild celebrations and social media posts have also turned him into a fans favorite following a shaky start to life in the Premier League after his move from Paris Saint-Germain for $27 million in 2013.
Current Liverpool center back and former Manchester City defender Kolo Toure was found guilty of taking a similar fat burning substance in March 2011 and was handed a six-month ban.