King Boonen wrote:yaco wrote:My understanding is Sakho won his case because of scientific reasons which is in line with what you posted. To take a step back, it is the labaratory which makes a first call as to whether it's a positive test - So then the testing agency which has authority makes the next call - Seems like the authorities acted in haste - Saddest thing is Sakho missed the World Cup and Champion's League, and has been in footballing limbo since.
In which case I would disagree with the reasons, as does WADA. Again, I'd point out that this was a decision taken by UEFA, which I would guess is a similar process that originally cleared Contador of doping after his clenbuterol. The accused presents facts and a panel decides, not representation is made from the other side. It's a massively flawed system.
I think you are implying this was the laboratory or testing authority that decided it was performance enhancing? That's not the case. The laboratory tests the samples and reports finding the banned substance. They make no call on its effects, performance enhancing or otherwise. Sakho didn't claim the substance wasn't in his system so the lab was correct.The testing authority then decides what to do and in this case they had no choice but to notify him and proceed with a suspension, that's the way it should work.
Your post makes perfect sense - What I'm saying is the laboratory passes on the results to the testing agency. You assume they would notify the testing agency of a possible Anti- Doping violation - It's up to the testing agency who are a client of UEFA to make a recommendation to UEFA.