Doping: Pogba, the disaster scenario


By: Manu Tournoux

Paul Pogba’s lawyers will seek a reduction in his ban as the threat of a four-year sanction for breaching doping rules looms.

Pogba tested positive for DHEA, a banned substance, in a doping test carried out after Juventus’ 3-0 Serie A victory over Udinese in August. The test revealed high levels of testosterone and according to the Italian press, the midfielder is expected to be handed a four-year ban by the anti-doping prosecutor’s office. However, Pogba’s lawyers hope to be able to reduce the suspension to just two years at the hearing in January, according to the Gazzetta dello Sport.

Pogba released by Juve?

Pogba, who turns 31 next year, faces a lengthy suspension for failing a doping test. If the midfielder is handed a four-year ban, it would likely mean the end of a career that has never been free of controversy. If the penalty is heavier, Juventus will likely release Pogba, who joined the club after six tumultuous years at Manchester United.

Since returning to the Bianconeri last season, Pogba’s playing time has been significantly limited by injuries. He played 161 minutes in 2022-23 and played just 52 more minutes this season before being suspended.

Pogba awaits his hearing in the doping trial in January 2024, with prosecutors seeking to hand the midfielder a four-year ban. Whether he is sanctioned for two or four years, it is unlikely that we will see Pogba in a Juventus shirt again.

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