French midfielder Paul Pogba has tested positive for testosterone, a hormone known to enhance athletes’ endurance.
This positive result came after a provisional suspension was imposed a month ago. Pogba requested a counter analysis, and the results have confirmed the positive test.
Juventus, the club where Pogba currently plays, will now need to decide how to proceed with his contract.
The midfielder faces the risk of a long-term ban, which could range from 2 to 4 years. An earlier statement from Juventus had confirmed the initial positive test and stated that the club reserved the right to consider the next procedural steps.
Pogba’s return to Juventus after leaving Manchester United in 2022 has been marked by a turbulent period.
He has played only 12 times in the last two seasons for the Italian club, despite a substantial salary of around £6.8 million per season.
This season, he has made just two appearances, both as a substitute, totaling only 52 minutes in Serie A, with injuries and fitness issues hampering his playing time.
Off-field problems have also plagued Pogba in recent years. He faced criticism during his time at Manchester United, where he struggled to justify his £90 million price tag.
Additionally, news emerged of an £11 million extortion plot against him involving his brother. Pogba was threatened by a group of masked, armed individuals in a Paris apartment, demanding millions for “protection services.”
The ongoing investigation has led to several individuals being probed for allegations of armed extortion, kidnapping, and criminal conspiracy related to Pogba.