UEFA have claimed Mamadou Sakho asked to be provisionally banned for 30 days.
As you will recall, Sakho failed a drugs test in March and didn’t play during the vital Europa League run-in. He tested positive for a fat-burning substance and is was widely assumed he would be banned for at least six months.
In a stunning twist last month UEFA opted not to renew his provisional ban, saying in a statement that he was free to resume his career. It was discovered the substance the Frenchman had taken wasn’t even on the governing body’s banned list.
Now the story has got even weirder. According to French newspaper L’Equipe, Sakho asked UEFa for his ban.
Marc Vouillamoz, UEFA’s chief medical and doping officer, said the following:
“Some substances cause an automatic suspension, others not. And in this case, the player wished to be suspended temporarily, of his own will, and UEFA acceded to his request.”
There is still no official end date for the saga, but Vouillamoz thinks a final decision is imminent.
“To my knowledge, the disciplinary committee will decide fairly quickly on the case.
“Information was taken from experts, documents were passed to the defence of the player. Now the player has the opportunity to speak, and once the player has given its opinion, the Commission will look very quickly on the case.”