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      Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been suspended for 30 days after Uefa opened disciplinary proceedings against him following a doping violation, European football's governing body has announced.

      The suspension is provisional until a final decision is taken by Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body.

      Sakho, 26, tested positive for what is thought to be a type of fat burner after the Europa League win against Manchester United on 17 March.

      Following the test result, Sakho chose not to challenge the results. The date of a disciplinary hearing will be announced at a later stage.

      The France international and his club had already agreed he would remain unavailable while a Uefa investigation was completed.

      A release from European football's governing body reads: “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 17 March.

      “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.”

      Team-mate Kolo Toure only received a six-month ban for admitting liability to using diet pills while at Manchester City in 2011, with an independent regulatory commission stating: “The player accepted he was at fault and with that concession we agree.

      “He was at fault in the limited and perfunctory efforts he made in relation to the water tablets; the checks he made in relation to those tablets were inadequate and fell some way below what it would be reasonable to expect of a professional footballer in these circumstances.”

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