Mamadou Sakho anti-doping case dismissed by UEFA

Proceedings against Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho relating to an anti-doping violation have been dismissed

Proceedings against Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho relating to an anti-doping violation have been dismissed

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho is looking forward to getting back on the pitch after a "difficult time" having learned that UEFA have quashed his doping charge.

The long running saga was resolved in a Paris hotel on Friday when Sakho's lawyers argued he had not contravened their anti-doping laws.

The 26-year-old Sakho was handed a 30-day provisional suspension by UEFA on April 28 after it emerged he had tested positive.

"I am happy that this is finally over", Sakho said after being cleared.

Sakho had admitted taking a "fat burner" slimming pill which he believed did not contain any substance that breached the rules.

'Following a hearing with the lawyers of the player and experts of the WADA-accredited laboratories on this case, the CEDB has made a decision to dismiss the case'.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will not face further punishment after failing a drugs test following his club's Europa League clash with Manchester United in March.

"It's been a hard time for me but I knew I had done nothing wrong".

The French global defender tested positive for a banned substance, later revealed to be a fat burner, as a drug test was carried out after Liverpool's 1-1 Europa League draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford in March.

He will now provide competition alongside Dejan Lovren for a spot at centre-back, while a fit-again Joe Gomez will also look to dethrone Sakho from the starting lineup.

Liverpool said in a statement: "We are pleased for Mamadou that he can now resume his playing career".

Liverpool fans watching Friday's pre-season friendly against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park greeted the news by chanting Sakho's name.

The Telegraph reported that Sakho is likely to be available for the team in Wednesday's warmup game against Fleetwood.

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