When Mamadou Sakho failed a drugs test for testing positive for a fat burning substance, Liverpool fans feared the worst.
The defender was handed an initial 30-day suspension whilst he was investigated by UEFA with him expected to be dealt a hefty ban.
The ban meant that Sakho missed the end of the Premier League campaign as well as the Europa League final where the Reds lost to Sevilla.
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However, according to L’Equipe, Sakho will face no further punishment when his 30-day ban ends this week.
The report claims the fat burner that was found in Sakho’s sample was ‘not on the list of unauthorised products.’
Therefore, Sakho will be free to play immediately and could even be named in Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 squad.
Defender Jeremy Mathieu is struggling with an injury and, if declared unfit, there is a possibility that Sakho could be called-up.
Liverpool fans are obviously delighted with this report and hope that it can be officially confirmed in the coming days.
It was after Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Manchester United that Sakho underwent the usual random drugs test where he tested positive for what was thought to be a banned substance.
Sakho didn’t appeal against the initial suspension and didn’t ask for them to test his B sample. If found guilty, it was possible that he would miss the entirety of next campaign and some fans called for him to be sacked.
But now, it looks as though he will be back to being a fan favourite at Anfield and ready for the new season.
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