pogba, it’s all the fault of a supplement bought in America

The drug would have been recommended by a doctor friend, unrelated to Juventus. In case of confirmed positivity, the club can request termination

Fabiana Della Valle


It’s all the fault of a supplement, recommended by a doctor friend, unrelated to Juventus, and bought in America, where there are different rules related to doping. This could be the cause of Paul Pogba’s testosterone positivity, detected after tests carried out on the Juventus player’s urine at the end of the Udinese-Juventus match on 20 August, the first matchday of the 2023-24 championship. It would therefore have been a case of carelessness on the part of the French midfielder, who would have taken the doping substance by mistake.

the risks

A carelessness that risks costing him dearly, because Pogba is now suspended pending counter-analysis, which will have to confirm that he is positive for doping, and if this happens his career and future with Juventus are at risk. According to an initial reconstruction, Pogba yesterday told the Juventus doctors that he had taken substances not agreed upon with the Juventus medical staff. Juve was therefore in the dark about everything and now it will be up to the player to demonstrate that he was not intentional, which however will not prevent him from being disqualified but could soften the sanction (which can reach up to 4 years of suspension). Today was Pogba’s first day off the pitch: he cannot train during the suspension.

three days

His agent Rafaela Pimenta is already studying the defensive line, in the meantime he has three days to request counter-analysis. In the event of a confirmed positive result, Juve will be able to request the termination of the contract: the Octopus is tied to Juve until 2026 with a very expensive salary (8 million plus 2 in bonuses). For the Bianconeri it would be a great saving, also given the limited playing time of the player, who is often injured.