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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

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.

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

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