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Paul Pogba banned from football for four years for doping

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been handed a four-year ban from football following a doping offence.

The former Manchester United star faced provisional suspension back in September after a routine drugs test revealed heightened levels of testosterone in his system. 

The test, conducted following Juventus' inaugural match of the season on August 20, led to immediate concerns and subsequent investigations.

Taking to social media, Pogba said he was "sad, shocked and heartbroken" by the decision.

He said on Instagram: "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.

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

The ban, backdated to the date of the failed test, effectively sidelines Pogba from competitive football until 2027, when he would be 33 years old, marking a significant setback in his illustrious career.

While Juventus confirmed receipt of the tribunal's notification, Pogba maintains his innocence, suggesting any consumption of banned substances occurred inadvertently. 

However, Nado's findings indicate a violation of regulations, citing the presence of prohibited non-endogenous testosterone metabolites in Pogba's test results, suggesting an external origin of the substances.

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