After the outcome of the Hillsborough inquiry the latest developments with Sakho seem somewhat trivial. For those who are still interested, however, here is a recent update:
“Press Association Sport understands the France international opted not to request his B sample be tested ahead of Tuesday’s deadline after his initial test revealed traces of a fat-burning substance.
“Sakho was not on the team’s flight on Wednesday lunchtime for their Europa League semi-final first leg in Villarreal.”
This is an intriguing turn of events as it suggests Sakho is not challenging the validity of the A sample meaning he must be satisfied there was no contamination. It may, and it is only conjecture at this stage, be a sign that Sakho could be admitting his use of a banned substance, whether intentionally or unintentionally consumed, early in the investigation, probably under legal direction, in an effort to gain mitigation. The signs are rather ominous, if they weren’t already.
Sakho has now been officially suspended by UEFA, provisionally for 30 days, and is awaiting the announcement of when his disciplinary hearing will take place.