In a subsequent analysis of a second sample, Paul Pogba has been confirmed to have tested positive for testosterone, a hormone known to enhance athletes’ endurance.
The initial detection of elevated testosterone occurred during a random drug test following a Serie A match against Udinese on August 20. Despite being on the bench for the match, Pogba was subjected to testing.
Since then, Pogba has been serving an indefinite suspension, with both the player and the club awaiting the results of the second sample analysis. The positive outcome of the retest has placed Juventus in the position of deciding how to handle Pogba’s contract, as he faces the possibility of a substantial ban if found guilty of doping. In such a case, he could face a suspension of up to four years.
The 30-year-old midfielder is currently under contract with Juventus until the summer of 2025, with an annual salary of €7 million (£6m/$7m). However, this agreement could be terminated if he is found guilty of doping offenses in a sports trial and subsequently receives a lengthy ban.
Since his return to Juventus, Pogba has made just 12 appearances for the club, largely due to injury problems during the 2022-23 season. He was also absent from France’s journey to the World Cup final the previous year due to a knee injury and participated in only six Serie A matches for Juventus in the preceding season. In the current season, Pogba has not yet started a game but has made two substitute appearances, with his last match being in a 2-0 victory against Empoli.
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