Fears over the future of France international, Mamadou Sakho continue to come into question as things get all messier. After a 30-day ban provisionally handed to the 26-year-old by UEFA, a lengthy ban ranging from 6 months to 2 years await after final investigations by the UEFA control, ethics and disciplinary body are concluded. It could be the end of a great career and sports and gaming company, E.A Sports is pointing to the indications by removing the defender from popular football game, FIFA ’16 as per The Sun.
The former PSG defender would no longer be available for selection by gamers on the platform, and it could be the beginning of worse things to befall his career. As it stands, he has already lost his place in the France squad ahead of the Euros 2016 to be hosted at his home country. And a long ban might see him not being able to return to the national team. Fellow Liverpool defender, Kolo Toure served a 6-month ban for taking water tablets while at Manchester City, and the verdict was softened because of his admittance of guilt and after he had plead leniency.
Sakho was found guilty of testing positive to banned substances after tests were carried out on players after the Europa League quarterfinals Manchester United. Fat burners, performance-enhancing drugs amongst others are banned by UEFA and they attract heavy sanctions.
Liverpool have been made to settle for the pair of Toure and Steven Caulker as replacement option for Sakho, playing alongside Dejan Lovren in the heart of the defence. Summer arrangements are underway for quality replacements, with Schalke 04’s Joel Matip a sure arrival ahead of next season. Bye bye Sakho?