Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended from playing due to an anti-doping offense.
The Italian anti-doping authority (NADO) reported that Pogba failed an anti-doping test following Juventus’ 3-0 win over Udinese on August 20. The test detected elevated levels of testosterone not produced by the body, according to NADO.
If found guilty of doping, Pogba could face a ban ranging from two to four years, depending on the circumstances and any potential appeals.
Paul Pogba, who rejoined Juventus from Manchester United in July 2022, has faced persistent injury issues, limiting his playing time in recent seasons. Last season, he made only a few appearances due to injuries.
Following his brief appearances this season, Pogba had been working to regain full fitness. However, his career now faces significant uncertainty due to the doping allegations.
Juventus released a statement confirming Pogba’s precautionary suspension and indicated that they would consider the next procedural steps in response to the situation.
Pogba has three days to provide a counter-analysis of the test results. The outcome of this case will have significant implications for his career and future in football.
This incident adds to the challenges and controversies that have marked Pogba’s career in recent times, including injury setbacks and off-field issues, such as an alleged extortion plot involving his brother Mathias Pogba.