Mamadou Sakho in trouble over doping violation : Details HERE
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will not feature for the club pending a UEFA investigation into a potential anti-doping violation.
The Press Association reports that the alleged offence relates to the Reds’ Europa League second-leg tie at Manchester United and French station RMC has reported that it concerns a “fat-burning” substance.
The Press Association adds that the France international is highly likely to request his B sample be tested, with the deadline for that request set for Tuesday.
Sakho has not been suspended either by the club or UEFA, but the Press Association reports that after discussion between the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group, manager Jurgen Klopp and the player himself it was decided the centre-back should not play in the immediate future, even though he is still eligible for Premier League matches and Thursday’s Europa League semifinal first leg in Villarreal.
A statement on Liverpool’s official website on Saturday read: “Yesterday, Friday April 22 2016, a formal communication was received from UEFA stating that they are investigating a possible anti-doping rule violation by Mamadou Sakho.
“The player will respond to UEFA on the matter.
“The player is currently not subject to any playing suspension. However, the club, in consultation with the player, has decided that while this process is followed the player will not be available for selection for matches.
“There will be no further comment at this time.”