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Doping: Pogba Faces Four-Year Ban After Testing Positive For Testosterone



Juventus and France midfielder, Paul Pogba, is facing a potential ban of up to four years after his ‘B’ sample confirmed the presence of testosterone, according to a source close to the case.

News About Nigeria gathered that the 30-year-old World Cup winner, formerly with Manchester United, had initially tested positive for the presence of testosterone metabolites in a test conducted by the Italian anti-doping agency (Nado).

On Friday, it was revealed that the analysis of Pogba’s ‘B’ sample, conducted the previous day, had produced the same result.

Pogba’s representatives declined to comment on the matter.

Under the World Anti-Doping Code, Pogba could be subject to a four-year suspension, but this could potentially be reduced if he can prove that he was not at fault.

The duration of the ban may also be limited if it is determined that the use of the substance occurred ‘out of competition and is not related to his level of performance’.

Pogba’s representatives previously stated that the presence of testosterone in his system resulted from a food supplement prescribed by a doctor in the United States.

Testosterone is known to promote muscle development.

Italy’s National Anti-Doping Tribunal will investigate Pogba’s case and request a sanction based on his defence, a process that could take several weeks.

Additionally, a judicial investigation will be opened by the Turin public prosecutor’s office, as doping is considered a criminal offence in Italy.

Since the announcement of the positive test, Pogba has been unable to train with Juventus, and the club has suspended payment of his estimated annual salary of 8 million euros.

Pogba’s ordeal began after his sample was reportedly taken at Juventus’ opening match of the Serie A season on August 20.

Following the positive test, Pogba’s agent emphasised that he had not intentionally violated any rules and was awaiting the results of the ‘B’ sample.