UEFA have released the following statement:
The independent UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) met in Paris and has reached a decision relating to the proceedings instigated against Liverpool FC player Mamadou Sakho, following the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC (1-1), played on 17 March 2016.
The proceedings against Mr. Sakho related to a violation of the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match.
Following a hearing with the lawyers of the player and experts of the WADA-accredited laboratories on this case, the CEDB has decided to dismiss the case.
Why exactly the charge has been dismissed is yet to be clarified but it goes without saying UEFA’s incompetence has reached new levels this time. With Sakho missing the Europa League final and forgoing selection for France’s Euro 2016 squad it’s fair to say the consequences of this miscalculation have proved costly for club, country and player.
Sakho has said in response:
“I am happy that this is finally over.
“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.”
A LFC statement reads:
“Liverpool Football Club welcomes today’s decision from UEFA to dismiss the case against Mamadou Sakho, confirming that he did not commit any doping violation.
“We are pleased for Mamadou that he can now resume his playing career.”