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Paul Pogba: Doping prosecutors request four-year ban for former Manchester United midfielder

Doping prosecutors in Italy have requested a four-year ban for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba after he tested positive for testosterone, according to reports.

Pogba was suspended in September after returning a positive sample following Juve’s 3-0 win over Udinese on August 20.

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A B sample in October confirmed the result and left Pogba facing an investigation from the National Anti-Doping Prosecutor’s Office, who have requested the maximum sanction.

Pogba, who has maintained he took the prohibited substance unwittingly, is believed to have rejected the idea of a plea bargain and is willing to take his case to the National Anti-Doping Tribunal, who will deliver a final verdict.

The French World Cup-winner has endured a miserable second spell at Juventus after re-joining from Manchester United at the end of the 2021-22 season.

He initially joined United in 2009 as a teenager before leaving for Juve in 2012.

He was lured back to Old Trafford in 2016 for a then world-record fee of £89million only to run down his contract and move back to Turin.

The 30-year-old managed just 162 minutes of playing time in all competitions last season and has made two substitute appearances this term.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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