Paul Pogba Faces Four-Year Ban After Failed Drug Test, Reports Suggest

Juventus Midfielder’s Career in Jeopardy Following Doping Violation

Reports from Italy indicate that French football star Paul Pogba has been handed a four-year ban following a failed drug test, raising significant questions about the future of his illustrious career.

According to Italian outlet Repubblica Sport, Pogba, 30, has been suspended for four years due to doping violations. The controversy stems from Pogba’s provisional suspension in September 2023 after traces of DHEA, a substance known to increase testosterone levels and athletic endurance, were found in his system during a routine drug test.

Confirmation of Pogba’s failed drug test came in October 2023 when his secondary sample, known as the B sample, returned a positive result. The incident occurred after Juventus’ match against Udinese in August of the same year, with Pogba serving as an unused substitute during Juve’s 3-0 victory.

Despite Pogba’s defense claiming accidental ingestion of the banned substance, the prosecution reportedly dismissed this explanation, leading to the rejection of a plea deal. This development has raised doubts about the continuation of Pogba’s career, especially considering he is set to turn 31 next month.

Pogba, renowned for his success with the French national team, notably winning the 2018 World Cup, rejoined Juventus in 2022 following a mixed spell at Manchester United. His initial stint at Old Trafford saw him return for a then-world-record fee of £89 million in 2016. Throughout his tenure at Man United, Pogba made 226 appearances and scored 39 goals, contributing to victories in the Carabao Cup and Europa League.

However, since his return to Juventus, Pogba’s on-field presence has been limited, featuring in only 12 games across two seasons for the Serie A club.

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Reacting to the possibility of a four-year ban, former French international Emmanuel Petit expressed belief that Pogba should retire if such a sanction is imposed. Petit emphasized the significant impact of a lengthy suspension, which would leave Pogba isolated from team activities and training.

As the situation unfolds, the football world awaits further developments regarding Pogba’s future and the implications of his doping violation on his esteemed career.

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