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Doping: France star Paul Pogba banned from football for four years

France and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been banned from football for four years for a doping offence.

According to Sky Sport Italy the sports prosecutor’s request for a four-year ban was granted.

Paul Pogba was provisionally suspended by Italy’s national anti-doping (NADO Italia) tribunal in September after testing positive for testosterone – a banned substance.

The test, performed after Juventus 3-0 Serie A season-opening victory at Udinese on 20 August, 2023 detected testosterone, a hormone that increases athletes’ endurance. The 30-year-old World Cup winner was an unused substitute in that game.

Pogba’s positive doping test was also confirmed in a counter-analysis on a second sample in October.
Given Pogba’s age, the ban will most likely mean the end of his playing career.
Juventus did not comment but a source confirmed that the club had been notified about the decision of a four-year ban and would assess the next steps.

The Frenchman has had a torrid second spell with Juventus due to injuries since he returned to the Turin-based outfit following his departure from Manchester United on a free transfer in 2022.
The 2018 World Cup winner barely played last season due to knee and hamstring injuries as well as knee surgery, which prevented him playing for France at the World Cup in Qatar.