Mamadou Sakho’s first-team comeback took a significant leap forward on Tuesday night against AFC Wimbledon but off the field, the Frenchman and his legal representatives look set to do battle with WADA over a “failed” drugs test whilst he was on the books at Liverpool.
Sakho, now happily playing in SE25, “failed” a drugs test in April of 2016 and was banned from football for 30 days as a result; something which he and his legal advisors suggest did serious damage to his reputation, killing off his chances of success at both Anfield and with the French national team.
Now, he is suing the World Anti-Doping Agency for £13 million, given the fact that he was subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing by UEFA, who found that the substance referenced by WADA was not present on their prohibited list. Higenamine (a fat burner) was used as the reason for Sakho’s ban but with doubts as to whether or not it should have come to that, Mama’s case remains up in the air.
Speaking in court, Sakho’s Barrister Stuart Ritchie QC said:
“Although [Crystal Palace] is a distinguished Premier League club, it does not have the worldwide reputation or brand recognition of Liverpool with the value which this brings to a player and his associated image rights.”
This is unlikely to be something that’s ironed out quickly, all we can hope is that it doesn’t impact upon Mama’s performances from week to week.