A star participant for a Serie A soccer membership is dealing with a suspension that may final near half a decade.
Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba was suspended final month after an preliminary take a look at from August confirmed enhanced testosterone ranges.
He then took a backup take a look at, which yielded the identical outcomes on Friday, and now he faces a four-year ban.
Pogba will now be beneath investigation to find out whether or not he knowingly took the banned substance. It’s believed that he didn’t know he was taking something unlawful, because it was allegedly prescribed by a physician he’s mates with from the USA.
If Pogba may show that he didn’t know the substance was unlawful, his suspension may solely be two years.
Pogba is in his second season with Juventus after making the transfer from Manchester United. His contract with the membership runs by 2026.
Pogba was dominated out of France’s run to the World Cup closing final yr as a consequence of a knee damage and performed in solely six Serie A matches for Juventus final season.
The 30-year-old scored a purpose within the 2018 World Cup closing during which his French workforce was victorious.
That is his second tenure with Juventus, having additionally performed for them from 2012 to 2016. In 124 appearances with them, he scored 28 targets. He performed for Man. U. from 2016 to 2022 earlier than returning to the Italian workforce.
The Related Press contributed to this report.