This feels like the worst possible news for Liverpool centre-half Mamadou Sakho.
It’s been reported on Wednesday that after failing a drugs test during the Europa League tie between Manchester United and Liverpool, Sakho has now accepted UEFA’s findings that he failed drugs test.
The defender has decided against supplied a B sample to be tested, as we can only assume that the French international realises that any other samples will fail to alter his status.
Sakho now faces a massive ban, while he’s set to miss out on Euro 2016 too.
The Liverpool Echo, however, are keen to stress that Sakho’s punishment is still up in the air:
Mamadou Sakho will plead mitigating factors to UEFA as he battles to avoid a long suspension for failing a drugs test.
The £18million defender could be banned for up to two years but with mitigation that could be reduced to as low as six months.
What’s crystal clear is that Sakho will not be available for Liverpool’s match at Villarreal this week in the Europa League semifinal.
Mamadou Sakho has not requested for his B sample to be tested. Has accepted UEFA's findings that he failed drugs test. #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) April 27, 2016
— Ben Smith (@BSmith) April 27, 2016