The Italian anti-doping prosecutors have requested a maximum four-year ban for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba after he tested positive for testosterone, which could potentially end his career.
Doping Allegation and Legal Proceedings
Italian anti-doping prosecutors have sought a maximum four-year ban for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba after he tested positive for testosterone. Pogba declined to make a plea bargain with Italy’s anti-doping agency, which means the case will now go to trial before the country’s anti-doping court.
Implications and Response
If the four-year ban is confirmed, it could potentially put an end to the 30-year-old Pogba’s career. While four-year bans are standard under the World Anti-Doping Code, there are provisions for reduction in specific cases, such as proving the doping was unintentional, contamination, or providing substantial assistance to investigators. Pogba’s positive test was related to an exam conducted after a Juventus game in August. Despite the case, Pogba has not made any public comments, and Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri expressed sympathy for him.
Challenges and Controversies
This doping case adds to a series of setbacks for Pogba, who has been battling injuries since his return to Juventus from Manchester United. His participation in the 2018 World Cup final was also marred by a knee injury. Additionally, there has been an ongoing police investigation in France into allegations of extortion targeting Pogba, including involving his older brother Mathias, who has denied any wrongdoing. Despite these challenges, Pogba has had an illustrious career, featuring prominently for both Juventus and the French national team.