Paris - Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho was on Thursday provisionally
suspended for 30 days after failing a drugs test, European football's
governing body UEFA announced.
The France international reportedly tested positive for a fat burner
after Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Manchester United in the Europa
League on March 17.
"Disciplinary proceedings have been instigated against Liverpool FC
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," UEFA confirmed in a statement.
It added: "The proceedings relate to a violation of the UEFA
Anti-Doping Regulations, after the player failed a doping test at the
"The player did not request the analysis of the B sample. UEFA has
now suspended the player provisionally for 30 days until a final
decision is taken by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body."
A date for the hearing has yet to be fixed.
Liverpool left Sakho out of their Premier League game against
Newcastle last Saturday, clarifying that he will not be selected during
his UEFA process.
The 26-year-old centre-back is said not to have known the composition
of the weight-loss supplement and has informed the club he acted in
Sakho, who moved to Anfield for £18 million in 2013, is
in danger of missing the finale to Liverpool's Europa League challenge,
with the team facing Villarreal in the semi-final first leg in Spain
later on Thursday.
His participation at the Euro 2016 finals in France is also in
serious doubt, with Didier Deschamps set to announce his 23-man squad on
May 12, more than two weeks before Sakho's provisional ban expires.