UEFA drop drug charges against Liverpool defender

France and Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has had charges against him for a failed drug test dropped by UEFA.

After the failure was announced earlier this year, the defender was promptly suspended by club and country, meaning that he missed competing in the Europa League final and European Championship finals.

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However, he will again be available for selection after European football’s governing body decided that there was no case against the centre back.

Both the player and Liverpool announced their jubilation at the news on Friday.

“I am happy that this is finally over,” Sakho said.

“It’s been a difficult time for me but I knew I had done nothing wrong. I am looking forward to getting back in the team and playing again.”

Liverpool’s statement echoed the Frenchman’s words, with the Premier League giants delighted that the fan favourite can now continue his career.

“Liverpool Football Club welcomes today’s decision from UEFA to dismiss the case against Mamadou Sakho, confirming that he did not commit any doping violation,” read their statement.

“We are pleased for Mamadou that he can now resume his playing career.”

Sakho has collected 28 caps for his country, and represented them at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.