After a laughably long wait, Mamadou Sakho will finally face UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary board on Thursday in Paris.
The board will decide whether or not Sakho will face further punishment after he failed a drugs test in March.
Sakho was given a 30-day provisional ban after the positive test was revealed and missed the Europa League semi-final and final, as well as the Euros in his native France, as a result.
He will plead innocence at the hearing, with his legal team adamant that he took nothing illegal.
The interim ban ended in May and was not extended – and that’s been interpreted by the players, the club, and the fans as a positive sign. It’s meant he could train with the first team squad over the last couple of weeks, and if proved innocent, he will be available for the start of the new season.
It’s unclear whether or not a final decision will be reached on Thursday.