Pogba Tests Positive For Testosterone, Provisionally Suspended, risks 4-year ban

Juventus, the renowned Italian football club, faces yet another challenge as it was revealed on Monday that their midfielder, Paul Pogba, has tested positive for testosterone, according to Italy’s anti-doping agency.

This revelation came to light following a routine test conducted after Juventus’ match against Udinese on August 20th. Although Pogba did not take the field during the Serie A fixture, he was present on the team’s bench at the time.

Nado Italia, the country’s anti-doping agency, swiftly took action by provisionally suspending Pogba with immediate effect. Pending further investigation, including the testing of a backup “B” sample, the French midfielder could face a suspension of up to four years if found guilty.

This development adds to a series of setbacks for Paul Pogba, who has been plagued by injuries since his return to Juventus from Manchester United just over a year ago. Notably, he missed France’s journey to the World Cup final last year due to a knee injury.

Furthermore, the player has been entangled in a police investigation in France, stemming from allegations that he was targeted by extortionists, including accusations involving his older brother, Mathias, who has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

For Juventus, this is yet another blow to their reputation following a turbulent season marked by inquiries into false accounting and irregular reporting of salary payments. These legal matters resulted in the club’s exclusion from European competition by UEFA for the current season.

As of now, neither Paul Pogba nor Juventus has issued an immediate statement regarding these doping allegations, leaving fans and pundits alike awaiting further developments in this unfolding saga.