​Mamadou Sakho has been suspended for 30 days by UEFA as the organisation opens disciplinary proceedings against him for a failed drug test earlier in the season. 

The short suspension is provisional until a final decision is taken by the organisation's control, ethics and disciplinary body, after the Liverpool defender tested positive for a substance believed to be a fat burner after March's Europa League last-16 second leg against Manchester United.

The France international risks missing the summer's Euro 2016 tournament in his home country if the ban is expected, as looks likely given previous bans handed down to other players for similar offenses. 

​A UEFA statement read: "The proceedings relate to a violation of the UEFA anti-doping regulations, after the player failed a doping test at the above-mentioned match.

"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 March 17.

"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."

Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann said this week: “I don’t think they should let him off with a minimum ban. He failed a drugs test and it is his fault. As a player, you are warned on an almost daily basis. The doctor tells you: ‘if you do take anything, let us know because it could be eye drops, a nasal spray, there could be something in it that is banned.

“I have got no sympathy for the guy and if he were to get a two-year ban I don’t think you could argue with it.”

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