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Liverpool boss Klopp pleased Sakho has erased ‘mark’ against his career

(Reuters) – Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) apology to Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho for a drugs ban in 2016 was long overdue but that he was pleased the French defender had finally cleared his name.



Mamadou Sakho throwing a ball: Premier League - Chelsea v Crystal Palace


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Premier League – Chelsea v Crystal Palace



a man wearing a uniform and holding a gun: Champions League - Group D - Atalanta v Liverpool


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Champions League – Group D – Atalanta v Liverpool

The Crystal Palace centre back, who was a Liverpool player at the time, was investigated by UEFA and given a provisional 30-day ban in April 2016 after he tested positive for the fat burner Higenamine.

Sakho missed that year’s Europa League final against Sevilla and Euro 2016 as a result, but UEFA dismissed the doping case against him in July and later confirmed that Higenamine had not been on WADA’s list of prohibited substances at the time.

A lawyer for WADA apologised to Sakho in open court in

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