JAMIE CARRAGHER says Mamadou Sakho “has let himself and Liverpool down badly” over an alleged anti-doping violation.
Sakho, 26, is being investigated by UEFA for allegedly failing a drugs test prior to the Reds’ Europa League second leg at Manchester United last month.
The centre-back has not been banned by Liverpool but will not be selected during the investigation, which is understood to be into the use of a fat-burning substance.
Former Reds star Carragher told Sky Sports News HQ “serious questions must be asked” of Sakho and any professional footballer who turns in a failed sample.
Carragher said: “It’s a nightmare for the player. I think he’s let himself and the club down badly, because he’s become a really important player.
“He’s had a great campaign. He’s one of the leaders of the team now, certainly within that run, thinking about how well he played in the Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund games.
“For a professional footballer, as in any sport, it’s not acceptable.”
And it could get worse for Sakho with the likelihood he will be suspended from all football for up to six months, a ban that would see the France international miss Euro 2016 in his homeland.
With all the testing that goes on in professional sport these days, it’s ridiculous to even consider using any form of performance-enhancing drug.
Sakho has only himself to blame and if found guilty, he faces a long road back to the level he’s worked so hard to get to.