Football : et maintenant Paul Pogba est soupçonné de dopage à la testostérone

The French international player tested positive during the first day of the Italian championship.

After a nightmare season of injuries and off-field issues, Paul Pogba’s hopes of a comeback are shattered by a suspicion of testosterone doping, for which the Italian Anti-Doping Agency (Nado) has temporarily suspended him on Monday. On the day the 2018 World Champion made his media comeback with an energetic interview on Al Jazeera, where he talked about his « rage » and « desire to play, » he receives another blow to the head.

« I cannot reword »

« I cannot reword »

He faces a four-year suspension.

La Juventus Turin, son club, précise dans un communiqué que le contrôle antidopage remonte au 20 août à l’issue du match entre Udine et la Juventus, comptant pour la première journée du Championnat d’Italie, durant lequel Pogba n’est pas entré en jeu. Si la contre-expertise de son échantillon B confirme la présence de métabolites de testostérone, il est passible d’une suspension de quatre ans.

When contacted by AFP, Paul Pogba’s representatives did not respond on Monday evening. Juventus only stated that they « reserve the possibility to evaluate the next steps of the procedure, » implying that they are waiting for further developments, including the counter-expertise.

Pogna, who is 30 years old, made his comeback on the field on August 27th in a competitive match at home against Bologna (1-1) in the Italian Championship. His previous match dated back to May 14th. He had come on as a substitute the following weekend during the match against Empoli, which was part of the 3rd round, but had to leave the game early due to a pain in his right thigh.

Les examens s’étaient révélés rassurants. Dans l’émission Generation Sport sur la chaîne qatarie, Pogba promettait de revenir « plus fort » après les épreuves traversées, la série de blessures et le chantage présumé (l’enquête est toujours en cours).

He promised to come back « stronger ».

« I cannot reword »

During the peak of this crisis, « there were times when I found myself alone and I would think: I don’t want to have money anymore, I don’t want to play anymore, I just want to be with normal people who love me for who I am, not for fame or money, » Pogba continued.

In this interview, he promised that it would only « make him stronger » and invited those who do not believe he can return to his best level to meet him. « Football is cruel, people can forget about you the next day, » he said.

They are waiting for you at the corner: It’s over, his career is finished. Many think that I am done, that I am dead, that Pogba no longer exists, that I am no longer one of the best, that I am not even a good player anymore, that I am always injured… But « I am not weak, you can speak ill of me, I will never give up, I will work even harder, give even more, and I will have to show them, once again… » he concluded.

Mais Pogba risque de ne pas en avoir l’occasion s’il est convaincu de dopage.

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