The doping case registered against Liverpool defender and French international Mamadou Sakho has been dismissed by UEFA.
“The proceedings against Mr Sakho related to a violation of the UEFA anti-doping regulations after the player failed a doping test (in March),” European football’s ruling body said in a statement on Friday.
“Following a hearing with the lawyers of the player and experts of the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) accredited laboratories on this case, the CEDB (UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body) has decided to dismiss the case.”
Post Liverpool’s Europa Leagye match against Manchester United on March 17th, Sakho tested positive for an illegal substance due to which he was provisionally banned for a period of 30 days.
However according to reports from the French sports daily L’Equipe, UEFA had decided not to extend the suspension thus allowing the defender to continue his professional career.
This was after the the 26-year old’s lawyers had presented the argument that the fat burning substance used by the player was not on the banned list of substances.
If he had been found guilty of a drugs violation, he would have faced a ban of at least six months.
Due to this case, Sakho was also left out of the French quad for the European Championships whereing the host nation has progressed to the finals with a face-off against Portugal.