Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba provisionally suspended for failing drug test. Image Source: IANS News
New Delhi, Sep 12 : Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended from playing because of an anti-doping offence, Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal (NADO Italia) said.
The tribunal said Pogba returned a test with elevated levels of testosterone after Juventus’ 3-0 win at Udinese on August 20, according to BBC.
NADO Italia said Pogba had violated anti-doping rules when they found the prohibited substance “non-endogenous testosterone metabolites”, adding that the results were “consistent with the exogenous origin of the target compounds”.
Testosterone is a hormone that increases the endurance of athletes. Pogba has three days to produce a counter-analysis of the result to NADO.If found guilty of doping, he could be banned from football for up to four years.
Juventus released a statement acknowledging the failed test and said they were considering their next steps.
“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,” it said in a statement.
Pogba, who was an unused substitute in Juve’s win against Udinese, has faced a challenging period since rejoining the Serie A club from Manchester United in 2022.
The 2018 World Cup winner missed most of last season with knee and hamstring injuries and was also absent from Franceâ€™s run to the World Cup final in Qatar due to knee surgery.