Football: Suspension looms as Sakho decides not to challenge result of failed drugs test

Mamadou Sakho will remain unavailable for selection while Uefa's investigation continues.
Mamadou Sakho will remain unavailable for selection while Uefa's investigation continues.PHOTO: EPA

Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho is facing a lengthy suspension from the game after deciding not to challenge the results of his failed drugs test.

The France international has accepted the findings of a drugs test taken after the Europa League tie at Manchester United on March 17, which is understood to have revealed evidence of a fat-burning substance, and did not request that a B sample was examined before the Uefa deadline on Tuesday.

He will present mitigating evidence.

Liverpool have refused to comment on the defender's decision, insisting it is a private matter at this stage, and Sakho will remain unavailable for selection while Uefa's investigation continues.

Juergen Klopp's squad travel to Spain today (Wednesday) for their Europa League semi-final first leg against Villarreal on Thursday and Sakho was not in the travelling party.

His acceptance of the A sample's findings may hasten the disciplinary process, meaning his suspension from the game will start earlier than had he challenged the results.

His team-mate Kolo Toure was handed a six-month ban by the Football Association for failing a drugs test in 2011 as a result of taking his wife's diet pills.

A similar punishment would cost Sakho his place at the European Championship to be held this summer in France.