Paul Pogba Banned From Football


Juventus' midfielder from France Paul Pogba reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group D, second-leg football match Borussia Moenchengladbach vs Juventus in Moenchengladbach, western Germany on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP via Getty Images)


JUVENTUS midfielder Paul Pogba’s footballing future has been cast into uncertainty following a four-year ban imposed on him due to failed doping tests.

The Frenchman, known for being one of the best midfielders, faced a dramatic turn of events when he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone on 11 September 2023. This initial positive test led to Pogba’s exclusion from play, and he has not appeared for the Bianconeri since then, marking a significant break in his career.

Subsequent tests, including a ‘B’ sample, reaffirmed the initial findings, prompting a provisional suspension and triggering a prolonged legal battle. Despite efforts to defend himself, Pogba’s case was met with a resolute decision from the National Anti-Doping Tribunal, which accepted the Anti-Doping Prosecutor’s Office’s plea for a four-year ban.

The Juventus man has not featured for the Old Lady since September when he was handed a provisional suspension.

Pogba, 30, and his legal team, led by Mr Pierfilippo Laviani, engaged in a rigorous defence, attempting to refute any claims of intentional doping. However, the inability to substantiate his innocence has left Pogba facing the stark reality of a prolonged absence from the sport.

The implications of this ban extend beyond Pogba’s immediate career, as it raises serious questions about his contractual obligations with Juventus. Tied to the club until 2025, the termination of his contract looms as a possibility, further worsening the uncertainties surrounding his future in football.

Despite the setback, Pogba remains resolute in his determination to challenge the ban. He intends to appeal the decision by pursuing the case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, signalling his willingness to exhaust all legal avenues in a bid to overturn the ban and salvage his footballing career.

Pogba has now released a statement in which the Frenchman revealed his plans to appeal the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne

It reads: “I have today been informed of the Tribunale Nazionale Antidoping’s decision and believe that the verdict is incorrect.

“I am sad, shocked and heartbroken that everything I have built in my professional playing career has been taken away from me.

“When I am free of legal restrictions the full story will become clear, but I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any supplements that violate anti-doping regulations.

“As a professional athlete, I would never do anything to enhance my performance by using banned substances,

“And have never disrespected or cheated fellow athletes and supporters of any of the teams I have played for, or against.


  • PAUL POGBA tested positive for elevated levels of DHEA, a hormone that naturally occurs in the adrenal gland, in August 2023.
  • DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, can be used to naturally boost testosterone production. It does not produce testosterone itself.
  • It is on the world anti-doping-banned substances list and carries a maximum of four years if the athlete took it deliberately to enhance their performance.
  • DHEA can legally be sold over-the-counter in the US as a dietary product, known as prasterone.
  • It is also taken as an anti-ageing therapy, and to treat depression and the symptoms of menopause, although there is little evidence to suggest it is effective, and can cause serious side effects.
  • In 2022, UFC fighter Bobby Green received a six-month ban after testing positive for a DHEA.
  • Green said he had not realised that DHEA was banned after seeing a video on YouTube and took the supplement after his wife bought it from a supermarket.

“As a consequence of the decision announced today, I will appeal this before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

Pogba’s suspension runs from 11 September 2023 – the date he was provisionally banned pending investigation – to 10 September 2027.

The lengthy ban would mean the midfielder would be away from the pitch until he is 34 years old.

Such a suspension could see Pogba hang up his boots if he is unsuccessful in any potential appeal.

According to Italian outlet La Repubblica, the prosecution did not believe the World Cup winner’s claims of accidental intake of DHEA.

The ban puts a pause, and possibly an end, to a glittering career for Pogba in which he has won a number of honours.

During his first stint at Juventus, he won four Serie A titles alongside two Italian Cups.

His record £89m return to Man Utd in 2016 saw him lift both the League Cup and the Europa League in his first season.

Paul Pogba’s Career

  • 2009

Paul Pogba joins Manchester United’s academy from Le Havre as a 16-year-old.

  • 2012

Pogba leaves Old Trafford in a free transfer to Juventus having made just seven appearances for the Red Devils.

  • 2014

Representing France in his first World Cup, Pogba is named the tournament’s best young player as France bowed out in the Quarter-Finals.

  • 2016

Pogba returns to Man United in Premier League record £89.3m deal after winning four consecutive league titles for Juventus.

  • 2017

Aged just 24 Pogba lifts both the Europa League and League Cup in his first season back at Man Utd.

  • 2018

Pogba wins the World Cup with France and scores a crucial goal in 4-2 final win over Croatia.

  • 2022

After making over 225 appearances for Man Utd, Pogba returns to Juventus in another free transfer.

  • 2023

Pogba is provisionally suspended from professional football in September amid a doping investigation.

  • 2024

The star is banned for FOUR years after he tested positive for the banned substance DHEA, which naturally boosts testosterone production, in August of the previous year.


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