Football: Four-year ban requested against Paul Pogba by Italian anti-doping prosecutor's office

A four-year ban was requested on Thursday 07 December by the Italian anti-doping prosecutor's office against Juventus' French international midfielder Paul Pogba, who tested positive for testosterone in August, a source within the Turin club said.

Paul Pogba on August 27 at the Allianz stadium in Turin. (Illustration). AP - Marco Alpozzi

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I can confirm that we received this (Thursday) morning notification from the anti-doping authority, with four years (of suspension) required The source told AFP, confirming Italian media reports. This indictment is in line with the maximum penalty faced by Paul Pogba under the World Anti-Doping Code. However, such a suspension can be halved if the Frenchman demonstrates unintentionality. It can even be limited to a few months if the use of the substance has taken place "out of competition and is not related to its level of performance".

Confirmation of Sample B

The 2018-year-old 30 World Cup winner tested positive in August, during the match between Udinese and Juventus, a match on the first day of the Italian league that he had not played. Less than a month after his provisional suspension on September 11 by the Italian anti-doping agency (Nado), Pogba learned that analysis of his B sample confirmed the presence of testosterone metabolites.

To explain this positive anti-doping test, the entourage of "La Pioche" announced in September that the testosterone metabolytes would come from a food supplement prescribed by a doctor that the player consulted in the United States.

Testosterone, the hormone of fertility and male sexuality, promotes muscle development.


With AFP


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