Football: French international Paul Pogba suspended four years for doping

Paul Pogba, the French midfielder for Juve, tested positive for testosterone in August 2023, and suspended since September 11, has just received a four-year suspension.

The maximum sentence.

Paul Pogba, August 27 at the Allianz stadium in Turin.


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We received notification from the court this morning

 ,” a source within Juventus told AFP, saying they “ 

take note

 ” of the court’s decision.

The latter followed the prosecution's requisitions against the 30-year-old midfielder, world champion in 2018 with the Blues, the maximum penalty according to the World Anti-Doping Code.

Pogba, 30, tested positive in August 2023, during the match between Udinese and Juventus, counting for the first day of the Italian Championship, in which he did not participate.

The midfielder, whose 2022-23 season was disrupted by injuries and extra-sporting problems, was provisionally suspended on September 11, before the second opinion he had requested confirmed less than one month later the presence of testosterone metabolites.

Contract broken by Juve?

To explain this positive anti-doping test, those around “La Pioche” had indicated that the testosterone metabolites would come from a food supplement prescribed by a doctor, whom the player consulted in the United States.

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

Pogba, who turns 31 on March 15, can appeal this sanction.

But more than ever, a big doubt hangs over the continuation of his career, knowing that Juventus, with which he is linked until the summer of 2026, can now terminate their contract, due to this suspension, in particular in order to save on salary.


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