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Liverpool’s Sakho provisionally suspended for anti-doping violation

The 26-year-old France international failed a dope test following his side's Europa League round of 16, second leg tie against Man United last month

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing an anti-doping test, European football’s governing body UEFA said on Thursday.

The 26-year-old France international failed a dope test following his side’s Europa League round of 16, second leg tie against Manchester United last month, a statement said.

“Sakho 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,” UEFA said.

France’s RMC radio reported this week that Sakho’s failed test followed the use of a fat-burning drug.

He was withdrawn from Liverpool’s squad for last weekend’s Premier League match against Newcastle United after the club said it had received a formal communication from UEFA.

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