Paul Pogba could now be facing a four-year ban as nightmare after Manchester United continues

Former Manchester United midfielder Pogba set to face up to four years ban over alleged doping offence.

France’s World Cup winner Paul Pogba is facing the possibility of a lengthy ban after Italy’s national anti-doping tribunal called for a four-year suspension for the Juventus midfielder, according to a source from GFFN on Thursday.

Pogba, 30, who was provisionally suspended by Juventus in September after he tested positive for testosterone, may never play at a high level anymore should this sentencing – which suggests he could be out for up to four years – go through.

Proceedings by the Italian sports justice system are underway, while the Turin public prosecutor’s office has also started a judicial investigation, as doping is a criminal offence in Italy.

“I can confirm that we received this morning this notification from the anti-doping agency with four years (suspension) requested,” a Juve source told AFP.

The 2018 World Cup winner’s sample was reportedly taken at his club’s opening match of the Serie A season, a win at Udinese on August 20, during which he was an unused substitute.

Pogba’s representatives said the testosterone sample (a hormone that increases athletes’ endurance) came from a food supplement prescribed by a doctor he consulted in the United States.

Under the World Anti-Doping Code, Pogba is liable to a four-year suspension, which could be halved if he proves that he was not at fault.

The ban could even be limited to a few months if the use of the substance took place “out of competition and is not related to his level of performance”.

Since the announcement of his positive test, Pogba has been unable to train with the team, having returned to a second spell with the Italian giants in July 2022 after six seasons with United.

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