Mamadou Sakho given worldwide ban from football by FIFA

The French defender was originally given a 30 day ban by UEFA

BY Cian Roche 19:19 Monday 2 May 2016, 19:19 2 May 2016

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been handed a worldwide ban from football after FIFA, world football's governing body, extended his 30-day ban for violating anti-doping sanctions.

Sakho was given the 30-day suspension by UEFA last month after testing positive for a banned substance believed to be a fat burning supplement.

The Frenchman will not play again for Liverpool again this season, but FIFA have now increased the sanction to include international and friendly fixtures.

"The chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee has decided to extend the sanction imposed on 28 April 2016 by the chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of UEFA on the French player Mamadou Sakho for an anti-doping rule violation to have worldwide effect in accordance with article 136 ff. of the FIFA Disciplinary Code" a statement released by FIFA said today.

"As a consequence, Mr Sakho is provisionally suspended worldwide for 30 days as of 28 April 2016 in accordance with the terms of the decision passed by the chairman of the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body of UEFA. This suspension covers all types of matches, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures.

"The decision of the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee was notified today to The Football Association Ltd., the French Football Association and UEFA."

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