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Nike suspends Mamadou Sakho sponsorship as doping investigation gains momentum

Liverpool FC defender Mamadou Sakho has been canned by Nike after he failed a Uefa drugs test.

The French centre back has had his Nike sponsorship put on ice after he was found to have a ‘fat-burner’ drug in his system in a routine test before the club’s Europa League fixture with Manchester United.

The player could be banned from the sport for two years for having the drug in his system, a blow considering he was under consideration for the French team for Euro 2016 in his home country, and had an Europa League final.

Nike told the Daily Mail: “We have suspended our relationship with Sakho while the investigation continues. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

A Fifa ethics committee will consider the player’s mitigating circumstances on appeal later this month.

Sportswear brand Nike also sponsors Sahko’s nationals side for a reported £37m a year.