The world governing body of football has extended 30-day suspension of Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho worldwide.
The 26-year-old Sakho was initially banned by UEFA after he tested for a type of fat burner after the Europa League tie at Manchester United in March. His ban has now been extended by FIFA that leaves the France international, who was stood down from first-team duty by Liverpool, will not be able to play in friendly matches for his country. Sakho was withdrawn from the Liverpool squad for the Premier League match against Newcastle United after Liverpool said it had received a formal communication from UEFA.
FIFA, football's world governing body, said in a statement that the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the sanction imposed on 28 April 2016 by the chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of UEFA on the French player Mamadou Sakho for an anti-doping rule violation to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 136 ff. of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
The statement further reads that Sakho as a consequence is provisionally suspended worldwide for 30 days as of 28 April 2016 in accordance with the terms of the decision passed by the chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of UEFA. This suspension covers all types of matches, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures. It was also disclosed by the statement that the decision of the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified today to The Football Association Ltd., the French Football Association and UEFA.
In a statement, UEFA said disciplinary proceedings have been 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 March 17. The UEFA statement added the proceedings relate to a violation of the UEFA anti-doping regulations, after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match and also disclosed that the player did not request the analysis of the B sample and UEFA has now suspended the player provisionally for 30 days until a final decision is taken by the UEFA control, ethics, and disciplinary body.
Sakho, the French professional footballer who plays for English club Liverpool and the France national team as a central defender, made his senior debut in 2010 against England and represented France at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Sakho was nominated for the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP) Young Player of the Year award while playing for Paris Saint-Germain.
The Liverpool defender decided not to challenge the results of the test and Liverpool decided not to appeal the 30-day suspension from UEFA that is pending further investigation. Sakho could be ruled out of Euro 2016 in France that starts on June 10 if the investigation by UEFA finds him guilty. The defender could possibly face a ban of six months that was handed down to Liverpool teammate Kolo Toure when the defender was at Manchester City in 2012. Toure received the doping suspension after he took 'water tablets' on the recommendation of his wife.
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