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.”

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KLOPPite
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I’ve wondered for quite a while how much his unnecessary absence against Sevilla cost us, without him there to partner Lovren and protect Moreno.

Huytonian
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Not sure Sakho would have made much difference against Sevilla as his replacement Toure was our best player, but we’ll never know. Great that he has been cleared and I’m looking forward to seeing him in a warm-up match soon.

KLOPPite
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That kind of goes to my point though, that one defender was our best player in a game we yielded three goals, and that player being the introduced one, not one of the regulars. Nothing against Toure, loved the passion he brought for us this season.
But my point is that a regular, settled back four is more cohesive and usually has less errors with each guy knowing the man beside him. I think it would’ve tightened us up as a unit and made us better defensively having Sahko next to Moreno.

Huytonian
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I take your point. With little to play for in the PL and the Europa Final looming there was of necessity a lot of chopping and changing of the team in the last few games on top of the loss of Sakho and maybe some of the defensive cohesion was lost.

warrior18
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Have to agree with kloppite on this one mate, i think that EL final might have gone differently had sahko been alongside lovren, they were forming a great partnership in the prem last season, i think they could be our new carra/hyppia with a bit of luck.

KLOPPite
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The soap opera isn’t over… We cannot believe the Mamadou Sakho doping saga has not yet been put to bed. But today, the Daily Telegraph report that WADA may appeal the decision to exonerate the Frenchman so as to avoid the legal action he may take against themselves and UEFA. Sakho missed matches for Liverpool and Euro 2016 with his country as a result of the ‘positive test’ following a Europa League game with Manchester United in March, and following the case being dropped on Friday, the 26-year-old may sue. A WADA spokesman told the newspaper, “We are awaiting the reasoned decision as it relates to this one,” in regards to a potential appeal, although WADA have handled the entire situation appallingly with consistent confusion over whether higenamine, the substance Sakho ‘tested positive’ for, was on the banned list. Higenamine is not on the banned list, which Sakho checked before taking the fat burner in which it was included, but WADA believed it could be classed as a beta2 agonist – a category of compounds which are prohibited. Remarkably though, most WADA centres don’t even test for higenamine, and Sakho’s lawyers argued the science behind it being a beta2 agonist… Read more »
Huytonian
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Sadly he’s now injured and out for 3-4 weeks which won’t help integrate him and Matip in a centre back partnership during pre-season.

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