Aul Pogba has been suspended from playing football after testing positive for testosterone in a doping test, Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal confirmed on Monday.
The midfielder was tested after Juventus’ 3-0 win at Udinese on August 20, a game in which he did not play.
Pogba’s test results showed elevated levels of testosterone, a hormone that increases athletes’ endurance and has now been suspended as a precaution.
“In recognition of the instance proposed by the National Anti-Doping Prosecutor, it has provided for the provisional suspension of the athlete Paul Labile Pogba,” NADO Italia said in a statement.
The court said Pogba violated anti-doping rules when they detected the banned substance as a “non-endogenous testosterone metabolite,” adding that the results were “consistent with the exogenous origin of the target compounds.”
Now a second test sample should be checked before Pogba can fail the doping test.
If the “B” sample is clear, the entire test is considered negative. The penalty for failing a doping test can be up to four years’ suspension if it is determined that doping was intentional.
Pogba has since made brief appearances in the 1-1 draw with Bologna and the 2-0 win at Empoli, but is currently sidelined with a back injury sustained in the last game.
Massimiliano Allegri said last week: “Pogba had pain in his back, we will see what the tests say. It’s a shame.” [his appearance] went well.”
Juventus did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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