Friday, September 29, 2023

Juventus statement as Paul Pogba provisionally suspended after failing anti-doping test

Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended after failing an anti-doping test last month.

The Juventus midfielder is said to have returned a test that had high levels of testosterone when the Italian giants played Udinese on August 20.

Pogba was still tested despite not playingGetty

Pogba was selected for a random post-match testing despite being an unused substitute during the 3-0 win.

A statement from Juventus read: “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.”

NADO are the Italian anti-doping authority, with testosterone a hormone that can increase an athlete’s endurance.

Players who have been found to violate anti-doping regulations could reportedly face bans of up to four years.

Pogba re-signed for Juventus last summer following a difficult spell at Manchester United.

Appearances during his first season back at the Serie A giants were limited as a result of injuries.

He played only ten matches last term, with just one start coming across all competitions.

Pogba has featured twice for Juventus this season although both of his appearances have come off the bench.

The match against Udinese was their opening fixture of the new Serie A campaign, with the Old Lady currently 3rd in the table.

Pogba was not selected in the France squad for the international break by boss Didier Deschamps.

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