Italian prosecutors ‘want Paul Pogba to be banned from football for four years after failing a drugs test’

Italian prosecutors are said to be advocating for a four-year ban for former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba due to his alleged failure of a drug test earlier this year.

Pogba, currently with Serie A’s Juventus following his departure from United last summer, faces provisional suspension after testing positive for the prohibited substance DHEA subsequent to his team’s victory against Udinese on August 20.

Pogba’s second sample, known as the B-sample, has also confirmed the presence of the substance that naturally enhances testosterone production. He is currently awaiting the decision on the penalty that will be imposed.

According to information from Juventus correspondent Romeo Agresti, prosecutors are urging a four-year ban for Pogba, which is the mandatory suspension under global anti-doping regulations. If granted, this would keep Pogba sidelined until the age of 34, potentially signaling the conclusion of his career.

The World Cup winner’s second stint at Juventus has been limited to 12 appearances due to injuries last season. The prosecutors in his case seem intent on securing a severe penalty. Pogba is anticipated to face a final hearing in early 2024, during which he might consider negotiating a reduced sentence through a plea bargain.

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