Paul Pogba banned from football for four years

Paul Pogba has been handed a four-year ban after testing positive for DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) back in August.

The ban, which follows the guidelines set forth by the World Anti-Doping Code, has thrown Pogba’s career into uncertainty, prompting him to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

The 30-year-old Juventus player was suspended as a precaution in September 2023 after being found positive for testosterone metabolites last August, following Juventus’ game at Udinese on August 20. The France international did not play in the Serie A match but was on the Juventus bench.

He later made substitute appearances for Juventus against Bologna on August 27 and Empoli on September 3, before his suspension was announced.

The Juventus midfielder expressed his shock and dismay at the verdict, stating that he is “sad, shocked and heartbroken” by the ban. Pogba could be out of action until August 2028, when he will be 34-years-old.

Pogba maintained his innocence and has vowed to appeal the decision: “I have today been informed of the Tribunale Nazionale Antidoping’s decision and believe that the verdict is incorrect.

 “I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any supplements that violate anti-doping regulations.”

Get Football | Ewan Minns

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