- 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.
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.
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.