Paul Pogba has been handed a four-year ban from football for a failed doping test in August 2023. 

The Juventus and former Manchester United midfielder had appealed against the provisional suspension handed out by Nado last September by Italy’s anti-doping agency, and intends to do so again against the confirmed four-year ban. 

Pogba’s failed drug test stemmed from Juventus’ 3-0 victory over Udinese last August, when the French international was found to have elevated levels of “non-endogenous testosterone metabolites” and “consistent with the exogenous origin of the target of the compounds”. 

The World Cup winner’s B-sample also came back as positive, which led to Italian authorities calling for Pogba to be handed a four-year ban. 

Pogba and his team had defended themselves from knowingly taking any performance-enhancing drugs, with his agent, Rafaela Pimenta, stating that she is “certain” that he would ‘never want to break a rule” upon hearing of the positive A-sample. 

With Pogba now facing life without football until he is 35-years-old, and if the appeal is not successful, it may spell the end of the player’s career. 

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