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Pogba Denies Doping Allegation, Vows to Appeal Ban

Pogba Denies Doping Allegation, Vows to Appeal Ban

Juventus football star Paul Pogba has been left stunned by a four-year ban from football following an alleged doping violation. The ban, announced on Thursday, prohibits the 30-year-old midfielder from participating in any matches until 2027, when he turns 33.

The doping controversy emerged after Pogba underwent a random drug test following Juventus’ first match of the season on August 20, 2023. His provisional suspension came in September 2023 after the test revealed elevated levels of testosterone, a hormone known to enhance athletes’ endurance.

Despite denying any knowledge or intent of doping, Pogba’s positive test was confirmed by Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal in October 2023. This confirmation led to a request for a four-year suspension by the anti-doping prosecutor’s office, backdated to the date of the failed test.

In a statement expressing his shock and dismay, Pogba asserted his innocence, stating that he has never knowingly violated anti-doping regulations. He plans to appeal the decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The controversy has not only cast a shadow on Pogba’s illustrious career but has also raised questions about his contract with Juventus. With his ban in effect, Juventus may consider their options regarding his contract, which was previously reduced to a nominal amount following the initial suspension in September 2023.

This latest setback adds to a tumultuous period for Pogba, who has faced challenges both on and off the field. Despite the hurdles, Pogba remains determined to clear his name and resume his football career.

As the football world awaits further developments, the case underscores the importance of maintaining integrity and adherence to anti-doping regulations in professional sports.

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