VIDEO SHOWS: FILE PICTURES OF CRYSTAL PALACE DEFENDER MAMADOU SAKHO / FILE OF WADA HEADQUARTERS AND FORMER PRESIDENT
CLAIREFONTAINE, FRANCE (FILE - AUGUST 28, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
1. KYLIAN MBAPPE AND MAMADOU SAKHO JUGGLING BALLS
2. KYLIAN MBAPPE STANDING NEXT TO DEFENDER MAMADOU SAKHO AND LUCAS DIGNE
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - APRIL 15, 2017) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)
3. STILL OF MAMADOU SAKHO CELEBRATING WITH CRYSTAL PALACE'S CHRISTIAN BENTEKE
WATFORD, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - DECEMBER 20, 2015) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)
4. STILL OF SAKHO HOLDING HIS FINGERS IN THE AIR WHILE PLAYING FOR LIVERPOOL
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - APRIL 14, 2016) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)
5. STILL OF SAKHO SCORING LIVERPOOL'S THIRD GOAL AGAINST BORUSSIA DORTMUND
6. STILL OF SAKHO CELEBRATING THE GOAL WITH DIVOCK ORIGI AND PHILIPPE COUTINHO (RIGHT)
7. STILL OF SAKHO CELEBRATING WITH LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP AFTER THE MATCH
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - APRIL 20, 2016) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)
8. STILL OF SAKHO SCORING AGAINST EVERTON
9. STILL OF SAKHO CELEBRATING THE GOAL
10. STILL OF SAKHO CELEBRATING NEAR KLOPP
MONTREAL, CANADA (FILE - NOVEMBER 9, 2015) (REUTERS PICTURES - ACCESS ALL) (MUTE)
11. STILL PHOTOGRAPH OF WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY (WADA) SIGN IN HEADQUARTERS BUILDING
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (FILE - NOVEMBER 16, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)
12. PRESIDENT OF WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY (WADA), CRAIG REEDIE AT NEWS CONFERENCE
13. BANNER READING "WORLD ANTI-DOPING AGENCY / PLAY TRUE"
14. MORE OF REEDIE AT NEWSER
STORY: The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had apologised and agreed to pay damages to France international footballer Mamadou Sakho for a drugs ban in 2016, sports website the Athletic reported on Wednesday (November 4).
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.
UEFA also criticised WADA for the lack of clarity over the status of Higenamine while WADA in turn released a statement rejecting UEFA's criticism.
The Athletic reported that a lawyer for WADA had apologised to Sakho in open court in London on Wednesday.
"WADA retracts and apologises for the defamatory allegations made in the First Press Statement and the Second Press Statement," WADA's lawyer said.
"WADA accepts that it should not have made the defamatory allegations it did... given that Mr Sakho had been acquitted by UEFA."
Sakho did not play again for Liverpool after failing the drugs test, and moved to Crystal Palace first on loan and then on a permanent deal.
WADA and Crystal Palace did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"WADA accepts that Mr Sakho did not breach the UEFA Anti-Doping Regulations, did not cheat, had no intention of gaining any advantage, and acted in good faith," the lawyer added.
"WADA regrets the damage the defamatory allegations caused to Mr Sakho's reputation and the distress, hurt and embarrassment caused to him.
"To indicate the sincerity of this apology, WADA has agreed with its insurers to pay Mr Sakho a substantial sum of damages. WADA has also agreed to bear Mr Sakho's reasonable costs."
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