Paul Pogba set to face at least a two-year ban following doping affair
The French midfielder will turn 32 by then
Paul Pogba, midfielder for Juventus, is subject to a sporting trial in Italy after failing a drug test in August, which might result in a two-year suspension from football.
After Juventus defeated Udinese earlier in the season, the Frenchman’s test came back positive, and his counteranalysis, which was handed in last month, also revealed that he had high testosterone levels.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Pogba, who asked for the matter to be considered at just one session at the Tribunal of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, had “suffered his first defeat” in the process. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) denied the motion, thus he will now proceed with an Italian trial.
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According to the publication, Pogba has two options: settle with the anti-doping prosecutors and probably have his suspension cut in half, or face the possibility of a sporing trial before the Anti-Doping Sports Tribunal.
According to Gazzetta, if the Frenchman chooses the first option, he will still need WADA’s clearance and won’t be able to challenge the outcome.
Due to a pill that was purportedly recommended by a doctor, Pogba is friends with in the US, Pogba tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. It is thought that Pogba was unaware that he was taking a forbidden medication.
He could now face a four-year suspension if it is determined that he broke doping regulations intentionally, or a two-year suspension if it is determined that he accidentally ingested the prohibited substance.
In addition, it will be critical to know what Juventus plans to do with him given that he returned to the team in the summer of 2022 and signed a contract worth approximately €10 million net per season, which runs until 2026.