Official: Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba provisionally suspended after positive doping test, club responds

Following the news that Juventus' Paul Pogba has tested positive for a banned substance, the anti-doping authority in Italy has now confirmed that the Frenchman has been provisionally suspended. Juventus have responded.

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Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended from playing for the club by the Italian anti-doping authority (NADO) after he tested positive for a banned substance.

The test took place after JuventusSerie A opener against Udinese on August 20, a game that ended 3-0 to Massimiliano Allegri‘s side in which Pogba spent the entire game on the bench. He has since played against Bologna and Empoli this season.

The test says that testosterone not produced by the body was found in Pogba‘s urine sample and he is therefore not eligible to play until he serves a ban or is cleared of the charge.

How long will Pogba be suspended for?

Paul Pogba in action for Juventus. [@juventusfc]

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, face up to four years of disqualification, unless he can prove or demonstrate that the results were subject to contamination or an involuntary intake. This would reduce the sentence by half but would be difficult to achieve.

Due to the specificity of the substance, the four-year disqualification is a very real possibility and even if Pogba is to be cleared, he will face time on the sidelines whilst that process takes place.

Doping in Italy is a crime, meaning it will now be a question of understanding the nature of the product, the possible subscription and which third party potentially supplied it, which would consequently extend the investigation.

What precedent is there for Pogba’s situation?

Paul Pogba arrives at a game for Juventus. [@juventusfc]

Pogba‘s case is said to be very similar to that of former Juventus player Edgar Davids, who also tested positive for a banned substance after a fixture against Udinese back in 2001. The Dutchman was initially disqualified for 16 months, but it was later reduced to four months.

A more contemporary example is Atalanta‘s Jose Luis Palomino. He was later cleared of any offence but it took four months in which he could not play for La Dea, meaning he missed the entire first half of a season and struggled to refind his place in the team once cleared to return.

Juventus respond to Pogba doping news

Juventus issued an official response to the suspension that Pogba has been subject to on Monday evening, publishing a short statement on their official website.

It read: “Juventus Football Club announces that today, September 11, 2023, the footballer Paul Labile Pogba received a precautionary suspension order from the National Anti-Doping Tribunal following the result of tests carried out on August 20, 2023. The club reserves the right to consider the next procedural steps.”

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