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Paul Pogba: French midfielder fails drugs test and is provisionally suspended

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended after failing a drug test following Juventus’ win at Udinese.

30-year-old Frenchman Paul Pogba was an unused substitute and was chosen for a test where it was found that he had “elevated levels of testosterone”, a hormone which increases endurance in athletes.

Nado Italia – the anti-doping agency in Italy – said that Pogba was provisionally suspended immediately whilst awaiting the test results of a back-up “B” sample and a trial.

The former Manchester United player could face a suspension of between two to four years for the failed drug test and has three days to submit a counter-analysis to Nado.

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His agent Rafaela Pimenta released a statement saying: “We are waiting for the counter-analysis and until then we can’t say anything. What is certain is that Paul Pogba never wanted to break the rules.”

Juventus released a statement, saying: “Juventus Football Club announces that today, September 11, 2023, the footballer Paul Labile Pogba received a precautionary suspension order from the National Anti-Doping Tribunal following the results of tests carried out on August 20, 2023.”

“The club reserves the right to consider the next procedural steps.”

Pogba has endured a torrid time since his return to Juventus on a free transfer in 2022, making only eight appearances in Serie A, totaling 159 minutes of action due to a variety of injuries.

He was ruled out of France’s 2022 World Cup squad due to a knee injury and has allegedly been blackmailed by an organised crime gang.

He was also one of the worst business deals in history for the Red Devils – who re-signed him for just over £89 million in 2016 – after Pogba left on a free transfer to The Old Lady, before he ran down his deal and left for nothing again in 2022, going back to the Italian giants.

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