Paul Pogba’s failed doping test came to light on Monday and surprised the soccer world.
The Juventus player was subjected to a routine control following the first Serie A match of the 2023-24 season against Udinese. Pogba didn’t play in the match, but his test came back positive for testosterone.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the positive test was due to a food supplement that was prescribed to Pogba by a friend who is a doctor in Miami.
While the particular food supplements are obtainable in the USA, they aren’t in Italy.
The report adds that Pogba told Juventus doctors that he had taken substances that weren’t recommended by the team’s staff.
As a result, Juve wasn’t aware of anything and it is now up to the player to prove his lack of intentionality. While it won’t prevent him from suspended, it would soften the sanction.
The ban for doping is up to two years, though it could be extended to four years if it is proven that the athlete did so willingly.
Following news of the positive test, his agent, Rafaela Pimienta, defended the player after releasing a statement to RMC Sport.
“We are waiting for the counter-analyses and we cannot give our opinion before the results. What is certain is that Paul Pogba never wanted to break any rules,” said the agent.
For its part, Juventus shared a press release in which they noted Pogba received a precautionary suspension order from the National Anti-Doping Tribunal.