PAUL Pogba has been officially suspended in Italy after it was confirmed that he indeed failed a drug test.
News had broken earlier today that the Juventus midfielder tested positive for testosterone after a league match three weeks ago, and the report has now been confirmed.
The decision to suspend the 30-year-old Frenchman was officially confirmed through a statement from Italy’s National Anti-Doping tribunal today.
The failed doping test occurred after Juventus defeated Udinese 3-0 in a Serie A clash on August 20, incidentally a match in which Pogba was an unused substitute.
Although the France midfielder was on the bench throughout the match, he was one of the players randomly selected to undergo the tests.
He was found to have elevated levels of testosterone in his blood and the next step is for the B Sample to also be analysed, in order to confirm the positive result.
The midfielder has been provisionally suspended as per protocol ahead of the B Sample test.
Testosterone is a hormone which can increase muscle strength and is found in various over-the-counter products at pharmacies.
If found guilty of doping, Pogba faces a ban of up to two years.
In addition, if a tribunal finds him guilty of taking the product intentionally, he could be banned for up to four years.