Italy bans Pogba following doping allegations

Sep 13, 2023 | Sports | 0 comments

Following the return of an unfavourable sample, Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal has temporarily suspended Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

On August 20, after Juventus’ Serie A match against Udinese, the France international tested positive for testosterone in a random drugs test. He had not been used as a substitute.

Juventus announced that it would now consider “the next procedural steps” after the Italian anti-doping agency confirmed Pogba’s suspension in a statement on Monday evening.

Pogba could be suspended for two to four years if found guilty of doping.

The National Anti-Doping Tribunal issued a preventive suspension order for footballer Paul Labile Pogba today, September 11, 2023, according to the results of tests conducted on August 20, 2023, according to a statement from the Serie A team.

“The club reserves the right to consider the subsequent steps in the process.”

A statement from Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal confirmed Pogba’s positive testosterone test result.

Pogba, a former midfielder for Manchester United, claimed earlier in the day that an organised crime gang had attempted to blackmail him, almost forcing him to quit football.

In September 2022, the brother of the 30-year-old man was taken into custody on suspicion of taking part in the alleged plot, which Paul Pogba claimed was an attempt to extort £11.1 million from him.

After being released in December, Mathias Pogba has maintained his innocence.

In July of last year, shortly after re-joining Juventus and leaving Manchester United on a free transfer, Paul Pogba reported the incident to Turin prosecutors.

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