The specter of a 4-year suspension looms over Paul Pogba. The anti-doping prosecutor in Italy seeks the penalty for the Juventus midfielder. Pogba, a world champion with France, finds himself entangled in a controversy.
The Frenchman failed a drug test for prohibited substances. He tested positive for testosterone following a match against Udinese in August. The confirmation of this result extends to the “B” sample, further solidifying the prosecutor’s case.
The 4-year suspension stands as the most severe punishment the player can get. Pogba had the chance to admit guilt and negotiate with the prosecutor for a more lenient punishment. The midfielder opted to forgo this option, signaling a stance in challenging the accusations. The decision paves the way for Pogba to exercise his right to appeal any potential punishment.
Such process would unfold in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. At 30 years old, Pogba is at crossroads. The world champion with France in 2018, faces not only the threat of suspension. The likeliness of Juve terminating his contract looms large. The football world anticipates a decision once all instances confirm the punitive measures.
The player has made no public comment on the issue. Pogba remains quiet on social media platforms with his last post dating to September 6th.
The future looks bright!
A pleasure to come back here and share a moment with the kids and the technical staff. pic.twitter.com/jOOXEKVFhG
— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) September 6, 2023
In the meatime, Pogba has redirected his focus to training with a personal coach. Pre-scandal, the Frenchman was reported to be on a €10 millon per season salary. After testing positive the player was informed by the club that he will be on a €2,000 per month.