Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho has approved “substantial” injuries from the World Anti-Doping Agency over assertions of abusing drugs. He was also banned in his performances.
He says: “This is the worst thing you can be accused of, doping.”
After being tested for a fat-burning substance named higenamine, the previous Liverpool defender was suspended temporarily in 2016 at the end of a
competition against Manchester United that March.
Moreover, Sakho could not be present at the Reds’
final against Sevilla.
Finally, the 30-year-old player was cleared in July 2016 by UEFA’s disciplinary body.It was announced that higenamine was not on WADA’s prevented list.
Sakho, joining Palace on a four-year contract in August 2017, sued WADA for liable. Also, at a High Court hearing in London on Wednesday, he was being apologized by the agency and an undisclosed sum in damages.
His barrister Julian Santos states the slanderous accusations “were republished by a very large number of media organisations to many millions of readers, causing very serious harm to Mr Sakho’s reputation”.
He added: “WADA has apologised and agreed to pay a substantial sum by way of compensation and not to repeat the allegations.”
“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.
“WADA regrets the damage the defamatory allegations caused to Mr Sakho’s reputation and the distress, hurt and embarrassment caused to him.”
Speaking outside court, Sakho said: “I feel happy, happy for my family, happy for all my friends, for all the people who were around me during this tough year because it is not easy when you are a professional footballer or athlete.
“This is the worst thing you can be accused of, doping.”
“Today is a big day for my story. I think it is important for athletes to have this kind of example and to be careful about everything they are taking.”