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Paul Pogba Banned For 4 Years For Doping Offence. See Full Details

Micheal Chukwuebuka, Reporting 

JUVENTUS midfielder Paul Pogba has been banned from football for four years for a doping offence.

Stonix News recalled that the French international was provisionally suspended in September after a drugs test found elevated levels of testosterone in his system.

Pogba was selected for random testing after Juventus’ 3-0 win at Udinese on August 20, when he had been an unused substitute.

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Anti-doping body Nado Italia said he had violated rules when prohibited non-endogenous testosterone metabolites were found in the test.

The World Cup winner has, since last September, been sidelined following the allegations.

Paul Pogba, however, released an official statement on his verified social media handles, regarding the court’s verdict as “incorrect”:

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

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“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.

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“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.”

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