Liverpool FC’s Sakho given worldwide ban by FIFA after anti-doping violation

World football’s governing body extends initial UEFA sanction to include all domestic, international and friendly fixtures

Mamadou Sakho is now banned from football worldwide after FIFA extended the Liverpool man’s provisional sanction for an anti-doping violation.

Sakho was given a 30-day suspension by UEFA last month after testing positive for a banned substance – understood to be a fat burner. The Reds defender elected not to contest the charge, and will instead plead mitigation in an effort to avoid a lengthy ban.

The Frenchman will not play again for his club this season, but FIFA have now increased his sanction to include international and friendly fixtures.

A statement released on FIFA.com said: “The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the sanction imposed on 28 April 2016 by the chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of UEFA on the French player Mamadou Sakho for an anti-doping rule violation to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 136 ff. of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.

“As a consequence, Mr Sakho is provisionally suspended worldwide for 30 days as of 28 April 2016 in accordance with the terms of the decision passed by the chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of UEFA. This suspension covers all types of matches, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures.

“The decision of the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified today to The Football Association Ltd., the French Football Association and UEFA.”

Sakho tested positive for the banned substance following Liverpool’s Europa League tie at Manchester United in March, and was immediately made unavailable for selection by the Reds. He was suspended by UEFA later, pending further investigation.

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