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Paul Pogba awaits counter-analysis results, provisionally suspended for testosterone

Paul Pogba awaits counter-analysis results, provisionally suspended for testosterone

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

The test, performed after Juve’s 3-0 Serie A season-opening victory at Udinese 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”.

Pogba was an unused substitute in the win at Udinese.

Meanwhile, Juventus said they were evaluating the next steps after been informed of the provisional suspension and.

Pogba could be suspended for two or four years if found guilty of doping. He will now await the results of the B Sample test.

“We are waiting for the results of the counter-analysis and cannot say anything until then,” Pogba’s agent Rafaela Pimenta said in a statement reported by Italian media.

“The only certain thing is that Paul Pogba never intended to break the rules.”

 

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