BREAKING: Paul Pogba tested positive for doping

The Frenchman was suspended after testing positive for testosterone in Juventus' last match against Udinese, the opening match of the Italian Serie A

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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BREAKING: Paul Pogba tested positive for doping
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Juventus superstar Paul Pogba tested positive for doping and was suspended after testing positive for testosterone in Juventus' last match against Udinese, the opening match of the Italian Serie A. A press release reads: "Traces of testosterone were detected in the tests he underwent." The positive testosterone test would have been carried out after the match of the first day of the Italian Seire A, in Udine against Udinese: a match in which Pogba did not play.

The soccer star then played a few minutes in the matches against Bologna and Empoli. In cases like these, in fact, there is a real risk of a stop of up to four years, if the counter-analysis confirms the presence of testosterone, since it is not a substance prescribed by doctors.

Paul Pogba tested positive for doping

Having returned to Juventus after 6 seasons at Manchester United, Poga played very little in 2022/2023 due to many physical problems, with only ten appearances and just 161 total minutes on the pitch.

He had also been forced to miss the World Cup in Qatar for which he had risked by postponing the knee operation. Only a few hours earlier, in an interview for Al Jazeera, the French champion said: "Money changes people and can destroy a family, it can create a war: sometimes, when I was alone, I thought: I don't want to have money anymore , I don't want to play football anymore.

And now I want to make the critics take back the words: I want to show that I'm not weak, I will never give up." If counter-analysis is requested, Poga will be notified of the date for carrying it out. The new analysis will be carried out by the same laboratory that analyzed the first sample.

The results of the counter-analysis are final and in case of confirmation of positivity, the athlete, his club and the sports bodies concerned will be informed and Pogba will then be judged.

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