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UEFA dismiss doping case against Mamadou Sakho

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UEFA has tonight announced that they have dismissed the doping charges against Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho.

Sakho, who was handed a 30 day "provisional ban" back in March after testing positive for a fat burning substance, will not face any further punishment after the control, ethics and disciplinary department of European football's governing body concluded that the fat burner was not prohibited.

As you might expect, the news has been met with delight by Liverpool fans who had feared the France international's punishment could be extended into the 2016/17 Premier League.

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However, their response to UEFA was far less positive as they lamented the fact they were without the centre back for their Europa League final against Sevilla.

Here are just a few of the best reactions on Twitter from Liverpool fans, and the likes of Gary Lineker and :

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There have been some suggestions that Sakho could look to pursue a legal case against UEFA after today's announcement. 

Speaking via BBC Sport, however, the 26-year-old simply appeared relieved that this unfortunate stage of his career has now come to and end:

"I am happy that this is finally over," Sakho said. "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."

Liverpool, meanwhile, released their own brief statement. It read:

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

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