Juve’s Pogba provisionally suspended after failing doping test

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Juventus’ France midfielder Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a banned substance, Italy’s national anti-doping (NADO Italia) tribunal said on Monday.

The test, performed after Juve’s 3-0 victory at Udinese in Serie A on Aug. 20, detected testosterone, a hormone that increases athletes’ endurance.”In acceptance of the instance proposed by the National Anti-doping Prosecutor, it has provided for the provisional suspension of the athlete Paul Labile Pogba,” NADO Italia said in a statement.The tribunal said Pogba had violated anti-doping rules when they found the prohibited substance “non-endogenous testosterone metabolites”, adding that the results were “consistent with the exogenous origin of the target compounds”.The 30-year-old was an unused substitute in the win at Udinese.Pogba has had a torrid second spell with Juve due to injuries since he returned to the Turin-based club following his departure from Manchester United last year.The 2018 World Cup winner barely played last season due to knee and hamstring injuries as well as a knee surgery which prevented him playing for France at the World Cup in Qatar.

via Reuters

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