Some were under the impression that Mamadou Sakho was no longer in trouble with UEFA after his lawyers successfully argued that the substance he tested positive for shouldn’t have been on the banned list in the first place.
But according to the Echo, this worryingly isn’t actually the case…
They report that UEFA are undertaking their own private investigation over whether the fat burner Sakho ingested should be illegal; meaning if they decide it should – our Frenchman will still face punishment.
He’s currently free to play having completed his voluntary 30-day suspension, but that could change when UEFA announce their verdict. As of yet, there’s no news as to when this will arrive.
Jurgen Klopp’s plans in the transfer market rest on the decision. If Sakho receives a ban, we’ll likely have to sign a new centre-back, with Kolo Toure released and Martin Skrtel set for Fenerbahce.
We have Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and a fit again Joe Gomez, but if we’re without Sakho for say, six months, we’ll likely need another.
Hopefully, UEFA will realise their mistake and we’ll stick with the 26-year-old whose won the hearts of the Anfield faithful.