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Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho could be cleared of doping charge as UEFA decide not to extend suspension

Defender 'free to play' after UEFA choose not to extend 30-day ban

By Gary Fennelly

Published 28/05/2016

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho could be cleared of a doping charge according to reports in France.

The 26-year-old French international was banned for 30 days by UEFA after apparently test was taken following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the last 16 of the Europa League.

His provisional ban has now expired and has not been extended by UEFA as they investigate whether the substance he tested positive for should be on the WADA list.

In the meantime the player is free to play. It means he could now compete for France at Euro 2016.

UEFA said in statement: "The 30-day provisional suspension ends today. The chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body decided not to extend it.

"The player would thus be free to play as from tomorrow. A decision on the case will be made within the next few days."

The player's sample was said to have revealed traces of a fat-burning substance.

French newspaper L'Equipe reports that the defender's lawyers have argued that the product was not on the list of banned substances.

He is now available for selection by national team boss Didier Deschamps, with national teams having until May 31 to submit their final squads for this summer's Euro 2016 tournament in France.

Sakho missed Liverpool’s last eight games of the season including the semi-final and final of the Europa League due to the ban.

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Jurgen Klopp (R), manager of Liverpool celebrates his team's 3-1 win with his player Mamadou Sakho (L) after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: Jurgen Klopp (R), manager of Liverpool celebrates his team's 3-1 win with his player Mamadou Sakho (L) after the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Game on: Mamadou Sakho celebrates with Divock Origi and Philippe Coutinho after scoring Liverpool’s third goal of the night
Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren (left) after the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final, Second Leg match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday April 14, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho (R) celebrates with Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (C) after scoring during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho (C) celebrates with Liverpool's Belgian striker Divock Origi (L) and Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho after scoring during the UEFA Europa league quarter-final second leg football match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield stadium in Liverpool on April 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 14: Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's third goal with Dejan Lovren during the UEFA Europa League quarter final, second leg match between Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on April 14, 2016 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Liverpool's players (top row L-R) Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho, Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino, Liverpool's English defender Nathaniel Clyne, Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can and Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge, (bottom row L-R) Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno, Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner, Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson, Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva and Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho line up for a photograph ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Liverpool and Augsburg at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on February 25, 2016. / AFP / Paul ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho warms up ahead of the UEFA Europa League round of 16, second leg football match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on March 17, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy (centre) battles for the ball with Liverpool's Dejan Lovren (right) and Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho during the Barclays Premier League match at the King Power Stadium, Leicester. PA
Liverpool's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet (L) sprays water on Liverpool's French defender Mamadou Sakho as they celebrate their victory over FC Rubin Kazan after the UEFA Europa League group B football match between FC Rubin Kazan and Liverpool FC in Kazan on November 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEVKIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images
Mamadou Sakho has committed his future to Liverpool
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Mamadou Sakho of Liverpool warms up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool at The King Power Stadium on February 2, 2016 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

It was initially thought that the Frenchman could face a suspension ranging anywhere between six and 12 months.







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