Juventus' French superstar Paul Pogba handed 4-year doping ban

Paul Pogba has been handed a massive four-year ban from football on the grounds of failing a drug test back in August 2023, Italian media reported on Thursday, February 29

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Paul Pogba (Source - Twitter)

Paul Pogba (Source - Twitter)

According to sources, the renowned midfielder for Juventus, Paul Pobga, has received a massive four-year suspension from football. Notably, this punishment stems from a failed drug test in August 2023, potentially jeopardising the future of the French World Cup winner's career.

While Juventus refrained from providing a statement, the Reuters news agency disclosed that the club had received notification of the four-year ban decision. However, the club is expected to evaluate and consider the appropriate course of action in response to this development.

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba's comeback to Juventus from Manchester United encountered a series of setbacks, as the player found himself sidelined for a significant portion of matches due to injuries. In addition, the unfortunate turn of events escalated with a major setback when Pogba failed a doping test. However, the midfielder tested positive for testosterone after a random test conducted subsequent to Juventus's initial Serie A match of the 2023 season against Udinese, during which he remained an unused substitute.

Following a positive test result, Paul Pogba faced a provisional suspension from Italy's National Anti-Doping Tribunal (NADO Italia) in September. Meanwhile, the confirmation of a positive outcome from a 'B' sample test prompted the implementation of this provisional suspension.

Paul Pogba faced a sought-after four-year ban by anti-doping prosecutors in Italy

However, the Anti-Doping Prosecutor’s Office's appeal for a four-year ban against Paul Pogba has been approved by NADO. Despite Pogba and his representatives asserting that he unintentionally consumed the prohibited substance, the plea was rejected by the chief investigator, Pierfilippo Laviani, due to the inability to substantiate the midfielder's innocence.

Meanwhile, after testing positive for doping, Paul Pogba faced a sought-after four-year ban by anti-doping prosecutors in Italy. The 30-year-old chose not to challenge the decision within the national anti-doping agency. However, there is a possibility of a reduction in Paul Pogba's four-year ban if an appeal is made to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The 30-year-old has been on the sidelines for Juventus, and his salary has been reduced to the minimum while awaiting further developments in his case. The significant four-year ban poses a substantial challenge to Pogba's career, potentially having a decisive impact on its course.

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