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Mamadou Sakho will not face any further punishment for his failed drugs test in March

Uefa announced the decision to dismiss the case today.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho

LIVERPOOL DEFENDER MAMADOU Sakho does not face further punishment after failing a drugs test following his club’s Europa League clash with Manchester United in March.

Sakho was handed a 30-day provisional suspension by European football’s governing body on April 28 after it emerged he had tested positive, but the case has now been dismissed by Uefa’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB).

“The independent Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) met in Paris and has reached a decision relating to the proceedings instigated against Liverpool 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 17 March 2016,” an official statement reads.

“The proceedings against Mr. Sakho related to a violation of the Uefa Anti-Doping Regulations after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match.

“Following a hearing with the lawyers of the player and experts of the WADA-accredited laboratories on this case, the CEDB has decided to dismiss the case.”

Liverpool had their say:

“Liverpool Football Club welcomes today’s decision from UEFA to dismiss the case against Mamadou Sakho, confirming that he did not commit any doping violation.

“We are pleased for Mamadou that he can now resume his playing career.”

While Sakho added:

I am happy that this is finally over. It’s been a difficult time for me but I knew I had done nothing wrong. I am looking forward to getting back in the team and playing again.”

- Stefan Coerts,

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