Europe’s football governing body, UEFA, on Thursday handed a 30-days suspension to Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho following failed drug test.
The 26-year-old Frenchman, who was subject to further testing after his initial test revealed traces of fat-burning substance after the Europa League win against Manchester United on 17 March, opted against challenging the result.
The suspension is provisional until a final decision is taken by Uefa’s control, ethics and disciplinary body.
A statement released on UEFA’s website said: ““Disciplinary proceedings have been instigated against Liverpool FC player Mamadou Sakho, following the Uefa Europa League round of 16 second-leg match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC (1-1), played on March 17.
“The proceedings relate to a violation of the Uefa anti-doping regulations, after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match.
“The player did not request the analysis of the B sample. Uefa has now suspended the player provisionally for 30 days until a final decision is taken by the Uefa control, ethics and disciplinary body.
“The date of the disciplinary hearing will be announced at a later stage.”
The £18m man, who has played 34 games for Liverpool this season, including 10 in the Europa League, was not on the team’s flight on Wednesday lunchtime as it is understood the club and the player have jointly agreed he will remain unavailable for selection during this process.
Jurgen Klopp’s side play the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at Villarreal on Thursday evening, before hosting the Yellow Submarines a week later.