Blaise Matuidi backing for Mamadou Sakho

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Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho

Blaise Matuidi has given his backing to countryman Mamadou Sakho, whose Euro 2016 participation is in doubt after he failed a drugs test.

UEFA announced the news on Saturday, and Liverpool immediately confirmed the player would not be considered for selection until the matter is resolved.

Sakho will now have a B sample tested, but the news seriously jeopardises his hopes of featuring at the European Championships.

“I don’t really know the full story, but it’s true if Sakho wouldn’t be selected for the Euros, I would be very sad,” Matuidi says.

“I consider him as a brother and I’ll always support him. I know he is very professional, very honest, he’s a warrior and I hope everything will go well.”

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