Paul Pogba didn’t want ‘to break rules’ before failing drug test after Juve game

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba "never wanted to break the rules", despite being provisionally suspended from football after failing a drugs test.

Having left the Premier League last summer, Pogba departed Old Trafford for the second time in his career, returning to Serie A side Juventus, the club he left to join Man United back in 2016.

The World Cup winner endured a dismal injury plagued campaign last term, making just 10 appearances in all competitions for the Old Lady, who had been expecting Pogba to play a significant part in their plans this season.

However, those plans have now been put on hold. The 30-year-old has been provisionally suspended from football after a drugs test found higher levels of testosterone found in his system, which could lead to a huge ban.

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Following Juventus' 3-0 win over Udinese last month, a game in which Pogba did not actually feature, the France midfielder was selected for a random drugs test.

And it was there that it was found Pogba had higher levels of testosterone in his system, which has since led to his provisional suspension. As well as helping to increase muscle size and strength, testosterone can aid athletes recover faster.

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In addition, it can also improve endurance too. Speaking to Sky Sports News, Pogba's agent, Rafaela Pimenta stressed that the Juventus star didn't want "to break the rules".

Pimenta, said: "We are waiting for the counter analysis and until then we can't say anything. The certain thing is that Paul Pogba never wanted to break the rules."

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Should Pogba be found guilty of doping by Nado, Italy's national anti-doping tribunal, he could face being banned from football from between two to four years.

Nado, who have given Pogba three days to produce his counter analysis, said the Frenchman had violated anti-doping rules by having "non-endogenous testosterone metabolites" in his system.

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