TURIN: The Juventus midfielder faces a possible four-year ban if found guilty of the anti-doping offence.
Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect by the Italian Anti-Doping Tribunal, Nado Italia, for testing positive for high levels of testosterone, which is a hormone that can be used by sports people to enhance endurance. The provisional suspension is pending a second sample result.
His club Juventus released a statement on Monday, 11 September, noting the suspension of the former Manchester United player. “Juventus Football Club announces that the player Paul Labile Pogba received a precautionary suspension order from the National Anti-Doping Tribunal following the adverse outcomes of the analyses carried out on 20 August 2023. The club reserves the right to evaluate the next procedural steps,” said the club.
The Juventus midfielder faces a possible four-year ban if found guilty of the anti-doping offence. The sample in question was taken in a match against Udinese. Incidentally, he did not feature in the match. The player is yet to return to his personal best, which saw Manchester United break the bank for his services. He has seen little game time since leaving the Red Devils in 2022.
Pogba, who has been plagued by injuries that hindered his return to full fitness, is yet to start a match for the Old Lady. He has made two appearances this season, both of which from the bench.
The 2018 World Cup winner left the English Premier League (EPL) with the hope of starting afresh in the league that made him the superstar that he is today, the Italian Serie A, but in Italy his fortunes are yet to change for the better as the injuries are hampering his return to the playing field.