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Paul Pogba suspended for anti-doping offence

Paul Pogba suspended for anti-doping offence

 

Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended for an anti-doping offence.

A test conducted on the midfielder after Juventus’ win at Udinese on Aug. 20 detected testosterone in his body.

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Testosterone is a hormone that increases athletes’ endurance during sporting activity.

The 30-year-old rejoined Juventus from Manchester United last summer and has made eight Serie A appearances for the club so far.
Nado Italia, the anti-doping agency, said that Pogba was suspended provisionally with immediate effect. Pending a trial and testing of a backup “B” sample, he risks a suspension of up to four years.

Juventus released a statement acknowledging the failed test and said they were considering their next steps.

The news is another negative note for a player who has been bothered by injuries ever since rejoining Juventus from Manchester United a little more than a year ago.

He was ruled out of France’s run to the World Cup final last year due to a knee injury and played in only six Serie A matches for Juventus last season.

Pogba has yet to start a game this season but has made two substitute appearances, last playing in the 2-0 win at Empoli.

There’s also been a police investigation ongoing in France into allegations that Pogba was targeted by extortionists – including by his older brother, Mathias, who has denied any wrongdoing.

It’s also another blow to Juventus following a season marred by inquiries into false accounting and irregular reporting of salary payments. The legal cases resulted in the Turin club being removed by UEFA from European competition this season.

 

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