Mamadou Sakho will miss Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final game after suggesting he is ready to accept a charge relating to a doping test failure.
The defender has not been included in the squad that travelled to Villarreal on Wednesday morning for the semi-final first leg.
Sakho failed a routine drugs test after the game at Manchester United in the competition, and is now facing a charge relating to UEFA’s doping violation charter.
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He had until Tuesday to request a test of the B sample after the initial sample tested positive for a substance on WADA’s banned list, and also provide an explanation to the European governing body.
And whilst Liverpool refused to comment yesterday, or provide any confirmation, indications are that he will now accept the charge, but then ask for a personal hearing to offer mitigating evidence.
It is understood he took a fat burning product to hone his physique, and it is likely he will offer an explanation suggesting he was unaware the supplement contained a banned substance.
The defender is facing a two year ban, but under the WADA code that is highly likely to be reduced because of the nature of the substance, and he is more likely to face a six-month ban, which would start from last weekend, given his acceptance of the charge.