European football’s governing body UEFA has suspended Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho for 30 days until they complete the proceedings against him.
Sakho was charged with anti-doping violations when presence of fat-burning substances in his body was found. The tests were conducted after Liverpool drew 1-1 with Manchester United in the Europa League round of 16 match last month.
The French international has kept himself out of Liverpool team selection following a mutual understanding with the club. The 26-year-old will not be involved in any club affairs until UEFA completes its investigation in the matter, as reported by thehardtackle.com.
Although there has been no official statement from Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp, it is believed that the club hierarchy is unhappy with the player’s conduct and has already decided to replace him next summer.
Former Arsenal and current Barcelona central defender Thomas Vermaelen is being lined up to replace Sakho next season. The 30-year-old Belgian is said to be keen to return to England and if everything falls in place, he will be seen romping Anfield under Klopp this summer, as reported by Sport.
This will be Vermaelen’s second spell in the Premiere League. The man from Kapellen, Belgium previously spent five years at Arsenal from 2009 to 2014. During his time with The Gunners, Vermaelen won the FA Cup in 2014.
Meanwhile, UEFA mentioned in an official statement that it will declare the date of the disciplinary hearing of Sakho at a later stage. Sakho has been heavily criticized by many of Liverpool faithful’s. Club legend Jamie Carragher recently accused the Frenchman of letting “himself and his club down badly”, as reported by Independent.
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