IN SUMMARY

  • Pogba’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, said she was “awaiting the second sample
  • Testosterone is a hormone that increases the endurance of athletes.

Former Manchester United midfielder  Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended from playing  because of an anti-doping offence.

Nado Italia, the anti-doping agency, said that Pogba was suspended provisionally with immediate effect. Pending a trial and testing of a backup “B” sample, he risks a suspension of up to four years.

France international Pogba, 30, was an unused substitute but was selected at random for post-match drug testing.

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Pogba’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, said she was “awaiting the second sample and cannot have an opinion before the results”.

“What is certain is that Paul Pogba never wanted to break a rule,” Pimenta added.

Juventus said in a statement: “Juventus Football Club announces that today, 11 September, 2023, the footballer Paul Labile Pogba received a precautionary suspension order from the National Anti-Doping Tribunal following the results of tests carried out on 20 August, 2023.

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According to Italy’s anti-doping Tribunal,  Pogba had violated anti-doping rules when they found the prohibited substance “non-endogenous testosterone metabolites” and the results were “consistent with the exogenous origin of the target compounds”.

Testosterone is a hormone that increases the endurance of athletes.

Pogba has three days to produce a counter-analysis of the result to Nado.

 

 

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