Juventus Midfielder Tests Positive For Testosterone, Gets Provisionally Suspended
Juventus and France international midfielder Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance, Italy’s national anti-doping (NADO Italia) tribunal said.
The test, performed after Juventus’ 3-0 Serie A season-opening victory at Udinese on August 20th, detected testosterone, a hormone that increases athletes’ endurance.
The tribunal said Pogba had violated anti-doping rules when they found the prohibited substance “non-endogenous testosterone metabolites”, adding that the results were “consistent with the exogenous origin of the target compounds”.
Pogba, 30, was an unused substitute in the win at Udinese. Juventus said they had been informed of the provisional suspension and were evaluating the next steps.
If found guilty of doping, Pogba could be suspended for between two and four years. He will now await the results of the B Sample test.
“We are waiting for the results of the counter-analysis and cannot say anything until then,” Pogba’s agent Rafaela Pimenta said in a statement reported by Italian media.
“The only certain thing is that Paul Pogba never intended to break the rules.”
Pogba has had a tough second spell with Juventus due to injuries since he returned to the Turin-based club, following his departure from Manchester United on a free transfer last year.
The 2018 World Cup winner barely played last season due to knee and hamstring injuries as well as knee surgery which prevented him playing for France at the World Cup in Qatar.