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Paul Pogba Gets 4-Yr Ban After Testing Positive for Banned Substance

French footballer Paul Pogba has been banned for four years for doping after he tested positive for a banned substance, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

The player’s dope sample was collected following Juve’s 3-0 Serie A season-opening victory at Udinese in August of last year. He was an unused substitute in the said game but made substitute appearances for Juventus against Bologna on August 27 and Empoli on September 3. As his dope sample came back positive, he was provisionally suspended by Italy’s National Anti-Doping Tribunal in September. In the subsequent month, his positive doping test was confirmed in a counter-analysis on a second sample.

As he decided against a plea bargain, the case was tried before the country’s Anti-Doping Court, which then imposed the four-year ban, accepting the request of the Anti-Doping Prosecutor’s Office. The said ban begins from the date he tested positive for the banned substance, i.e., August 2023, and will be in effect till August 2027.

Reacting to the Tribunal’s decision, Pogba expressed that he was “sad, shocked and heartbroken“. The Juventus midfielder is set to challenge the ban before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).