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Liverpool defender Sakho gets worldwide suspension as he fights to beat lengthy ban

By Staff Reporter

Mamadou Sakho's 30-day ban for an anti-doping violation has been extended to include friendly and international matches.

Sakho was handed a 30-day suspension by Uefa last month after he tested positive for a banned substance following the Europa League win over Manchester United.

The centre-back chose not to contest the charge and will instead plead mitigation in an effort to avoid a long-term ban.

However, Fifa have extended the parameters of his ban, meaning he can't play in international or friendly fixtures.

A Fifa statement read: "The chairman of the Fifa Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the sanction imposed on 28 April 2016 by the chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of Uefa on the French player Mamadou Sakho for an anti-doping rule violation to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 136ff of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

"As a consequence, Mr Sakho is provisionally suspended worldwide for 30 days as of 28 April 2016 in accordance with the terms of the decision passed by the chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of Uefa.

"This suspension covers all types of matches, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures."

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