Sakho will not challenge drug test results

    Sakho sat out Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle United

    Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has decided against challenging the results of the UEFA drug test that found a banned substance.

    It has been reported that the French international centre-back had a fat-burning substance in his system following the Europa League tie at Old Trafford against Manchester United back on 17th March.

    Sakho was able to ask that his B sample be analysed, but decided against making that request and has accepted the charge.

    He has agreed with the club to be overlooked for selection while the investigation goes on – which effectively rules him out for the remainder of the season.

    UEFA have not so far opened any formal disciplinary proceedings against Sakho, but it is widely expected that he will be handed a sizeable ban that will be between six months and two years.

    Liverpool have made no comment on the confidential matter, but manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly furious with the situation that will see him without one of his first-choice defenders for the Europa League semi-finals against Villarreal.

    Sakho is likely to have to sit out Euro 2016 – which France are hosting this Summer.

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