October 9 – Former World Cup winner and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba faces a possible lengthy ban following a positive doping test on a B sample one month after he was provisionally suspended.
Pogba was suspended after a test conducted by Italy’s national anti-doping organisation (NADO Italia) detected testosterone. The test was performed after Juve’s 3-0 Serie A season-opening victory at Udinese on August 20.
Pogba’s agent Rafaela Pimenta said at the time that his client had never intended to break the rules.
Juventus has refused to comment on the case.
Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri said he was not aware of the result of the B sample test that has been widely reported in Italy.
“I didn’t know, I found out now. Let’s wait… Humanly, I feel sorry for Paul,” Allegri told a press conference ahead of Juve’s home game against Torino on Saturday.
If found guilty of doping, Pogba could be suspended for between two and four years. His contract with Juve expires in June 2026.
The former Manchester United star, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, has had a torrid second spell with Juve due to injuries. He barely played last season due to knee surgery and hamstring issues, and has yet to start a game this season, making two substitute appearances.
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