Pogba Faces Four-Year Ban in Anti-Doping Inquiry

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The Italian Anti-Doping Prosecutor’s Office has officially requested a four-year suspension for Juventus’ French midfielder, Paul Pogba, who tested positive for testosterone in August, as stated by a source within the club. The formal request, received on Thursday, aligns with prior reports in the Italian media. Pogba, a 2018 world champion, recorded a positive test during a Serie A match between Udinese and Juventus.

After an interim suspension was declared on September 11 by the Italian anti-doping agency (NADO), Pogba, aged 30, was informed in early October that his B sample also indicated the presence of testosterone metabolites.

According to the guidelines of the World Anti-Doping Code, he could potentially face a four-year suspension, which may be halved if he can demonstrate that the violation was unintentional. Further reduction of the penalty might occur if the substance use is deemed “outside of competition and not linked to its level of performance.”

In September, associates of Pogba suggested that the testosterone metabolites stemmed from a dietary supplement prescribed by a U.S. doctor. Testosterone, a hormone associated with fertility and male sexuality, is recognized for its role in promoting muscle development.

As the inquiry unfolds, the football world awaits the outcome of Pogba’s defense and the subsequent deliberations of the anti-doping authorities. The potential suspension, if imposed, would not only impact Pogba’s career but also adds a layer of complexity to the dynamics of Juventus’ midfield.

This development marks a critical juncture for the renowned footballer, emphasizing the importance of vigilance and adherence to anti-doping regulations in the world of professional sports. Pogba’s future in the sport hinges on the upcoming decisions and interpretations of the anti-doping authorities, leaving fans and pundits alike eagerly anticipating the resolution of this high-profile case.


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