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FILE - Juventus' Paul Pogba keeps his eyes on the ball during an Italian Cup soccer match between Inter Milan and Juventus, at the San Siro Stadium, in Milan, Italy, April 26, 2023. Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been banned for four years by Italy’s anti-doping court after the World Cup winner tested positive for testosterone. Pogba’s positive test was announced in September following an exam the previous month. (Spada/LaPresse via AP, File)

How Paul Pogba Receives Four-Year Football Ban For Doping Violation

France midfielder Paul Pogba has been handed a four-year ban from football by Italy’s anti-doping tribunal after testing positive for testosterone in August last year.

The decision against the 30-year-old World Cup winner was confirmed by a spokesman for the club, following Pogba’s provisional suspension in September 2023.

“We received notification from the tribunal this morning,” the spokesman stated. Italy’s anti-doping body did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment.

Prosecutors in the anti-doping agency had pushed for the four-year ban after Pogba tested positive following Juventus’s Serie A opener against Udinese on August 20, 2023, where he was an unused substitute.

A subsequent B sample confirmed the presence of testosterone, leading to his provisional suspension.

Pogba’s representatives claimed the testosterone was a result of a food supplement prescribed by a doctor he consulted in the United States.

The midfielder, who returned to Juventus in 2022 after a stint at Manchester United, played a pivotal role in France’s 2018 World Cup victory in Russia, scoring in the final against Croatia.

The doping violation came during a challenging period for Pogba, as he attempted to overcome a tough first season back at Juventus, marked by limited appearances and off-field issues, including an investigation into an extortion attempt against him.

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