Liverpool central defender Mamadou Sakho has decided not to challenge his failed drug test results, according to the Press Association Sport.
Sakho was tested positive for using a “fat burner” substance according to the samples submitted after Europa League round of 16 second leg tie against Manchester United last month.
Sakho had until Tuesday to appeal against UEFA’s drug test results and ask for a Sample B testing. However, the defender has declined the B sample testing and instead will fight the case on grounds of mitigation.
At present Sakho faces a lengthy ban of even 2 years, however, fighting the case on grounds of mitigating, Sakho is hopeful that he would not be punished severely by UEFA.
Regardless of the length he is banned for, the defender will not play any further part this season and will certainly be ruled out of the upcoming Euro 2016, which is scheduled to take place in his country – France.
Following the claims made by UEFA, Liverpool were quick to suspend Sakho until the verdict of the drug use charges. Sakho was not on team’s flight to Spain where they will face Villarreal in the Europa League semi final first leg tie this Thursday.
The Reds have refrained from making any comments on the player or on the matter as UEFA have pressed charges only against Sakho and not the team. According to Liverpool Echo, club will wait until the verdict before issuing any official statement in to the matter.
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