Sakho suspended for 30 days as UEFA launch investigation into doping violation
Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been suspended for 30 days by UEFA following his failed drugs test.
The ban is a provisional one, with UEFA opening disciplinary proceedings against the Frenchman and lauching an investigation into his doping violation.
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Sakho failed a drugs test earlier in April after testing positive for a banned type of a fat-burning substance.
The 26-year-old had the chance to contest the charge, but instead opted against a further sample being tested.
Sakho has not played since scoring a goal against Everton in Liverpool's 4-0 Merseyside derby win on April 20.
UEFA said in a statement on its website: "Disciplinary proceedings have been instigated against Liverpool FC player Mamadou Sakho, following the UEFA Europa League round of 16 second-leg match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC (1-1), played on March 17.
"The proceedings relate to a violation of the UEFA anti-doping regulations, after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match.
"The player did not request the analysis of the B sample. UEFA has now suspended the player provisionally for 30 days until a final decision is taken by the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body.
"The date of the disciplinary hearing will be announced at a later stage."
Liverpool play the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at Villarreal on Thursday evening.
Sakho was not on the team's flight on Wednesday lunchtime as it is understood the club and the player have jointly agreed he will remain unavailable for selection during this process.
Sakho had also been left out of Saturday's draw with Newcastle after the anti-doping violation emerged last week.