Mamadou Sako: The defender

Mamadou Sako: The defender accepts “substantial” damages from Wada

Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sako has accepted “substantial” damages from the World Anti-Doping Agency over allegations he has taken banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Sakho was briefly suspended in 2016 after testing positive for a fat-burning substance called higenamine.

But UEFA acquitted him when it found that Wada had not banned higenamine.

Wada’s lawyer said on Wednesday that the agency “accepts that it should not have made the defamation allegations it has made.”

Sakho, who missed the Europa League final against Seville as a result of the ban, was put to the test after a Europa League match against Manchester United in March while playing for Liverpool.

The 30-year-old also claimed the suspension cost him a spot in France’s Euro 2016 squad.

Sakho said: “I am glad to accept Wada that I have not violated EU anti-doping laws, have not cheated, had no intention of gaining any advantage and acted in good faith.

“I am also pleased that Wada has apologized to me and agreed to pay a large amount in compensation.

“I consider myself justified and look forward to continuing my career.”

He added, “This is the worst you can be accused of, doping. Today is a great day for my story.”

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