French midfielder Paul Pogba (Juventus), who was embroiled in a doping case, is in the worst possible situation where he could not only be suspended but also retire from active duty in disgrace.
On the 12th (Korean time), reporter Giancarlo Padovan of the Italian media ‘Calciomercato’ said, “Paul Pogba’s soccer career is over,” and gave a gloomy outlook for Pogba’s future.
Pogba was one of France’s leading midfielders. Unable to get a chance at Manchester United, he headed to Juventus as a free agent and grew up under manager Antonio Conte, becoming a top midfielder in Europe.
Pogba, who showed off pressure relief, sharp passing, and unrivaled soccer sense, played a major role in the four years he played for Juventus, scoring 34 goals and providing 40 assists in 178 games, winning the Serie A title four times and the UEFA Champions League. They achieved great achievements in both team and individual achievements, including finishing second in the league once and being selected as the FIFPro World Best 11 by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) once.
After returning to Manchester United, Pogba experienced difficulties again. Although he often showed outstanding performance in his games, he was unable to consistently perform as the team’s ace due to frequent ups and downs and injury problems, and was later excluded from coach Erik Turnhach’s plans and had to leave the team.
In the end, Pogba returned to his former team Juventus after six years when his contract with Manchester United expired last summer. Juventus is the team that helped Pogba grow into a world-class midfielder, and Juventus, which has good memories with Pogba, immediately pursued a contract with him when he became eligible as a free agent (FA).
However, his return to Juventus was not successful. Shortly after joining Juventus, Pogba suffered a knee meniscus injury during pre-season in July of last year. It was a serious injury and required surgery, but Pogba opted for rehabilitation rather than surgery out of concern that he would not be able to participate in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
However, contrary to his expectations, when the injured area did not improve, Pogba eventually gave up his stubbornness and decided to undergo surgery in September of last year. As his surgery was delayed, his return was delayed, and Pogba did not play his first game since returning to Juventus until last February. However, Pogba was immediately injured again and could not play properly.
Juventus tried to sell Pogba, who receives an annual salary of 10.5 million euros (about 15 billion won), to Saudi Arabia. American media ‘ESPN’ reported, “Juventus will not stop Pogba if he wants to leave and wants 10 million euros (about 14.3 billion won) as a transfer fee.” Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport also said, “Juventus will not block the transfer of Pogba, who played only 161 minutes in 10 games in all competitions last season, if he says he wants to leave.” Since his annual salary is 15 billion won, Pogba received about 93 million won for every minute he played last season.
He added, “Juventus is expected to take 10 million euros (about 14.3 billion won) from Pogba, who was signed as a free agent last summer without a transfer fee.” However, even this failed and it seemed like they would have to stay together again this season.
In this situation, with the news that Pogba tested positive for doping, there was a greater possibility that he would be considered the worst signing in Juventus history.
Juventus announced on the club’s official website on the 12th, “The club today received a provisional suspension from midfielder Paul Rabile Pogba from the Italian National Anti-Doping Tribunal following an unfavorable result in a doping test conducted on August 20, 2023.” “We reserve the right to evaluate the next steps in the process,” he said, announcing Pogba’s suspension following his doping positive.
Before the club’s official announcement, leading Italian media outlets had already reported on Pogba’s doping, so it seems likely that Pogba will be punished for doping unless there is a sudden result to the contrary. Italy’s anti-doping tribunal also explained to AFP: “We have suspended Pogba on the recommendation of the doping test. The sanctions were imposed for violations of Articles 2.1 and 2.2 regarding testosterone.”
Fabrizio Romano, a European soccer reporter, also posted on his personal SNS, “Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been provisionally suspended for an anti-doping violation. This decision was officially confirmed through a statement from the Italian National Anti-Doping Tribunal,” adding that Pogba had been caught using banned substances. It was reported that he tested positive and will not be able to play for the time being.
The controversy spread, starting with Italy’s Corriere della Sera reporting that “Pogba tested positive for testosterone in a doping test,” followed by La Gazzetta dello Sport and Italian news agency ANSA, and eventually the Anti-Doping Tribunal. He faced the biggest crisis of his career as a player when he was provisionally suspended from playing.
The French soccer world was also turned upside down. L’Equipe said, “Pogba remained on the bench,” and “Corriere della Sera’s first report, followed by La Gazzetta dello Sport and ANSA, have started to report Pogba’s doping positive. His team Juventus “The only thing left to do is an official announcement,” he said.
RMC Sports said, “Pogba was suspended from competition by the Italian Anti-Doping Tribunal after testing positive for testosterone.” He added, “Pogba must submit evidence to refute within 3 days. If doping substances are detected in the second test, it will be a strong case.” “There is a risk of being sanctioned. The 30-year-old midfielder could be sidelined for up to four years,” he said, predicting that Pogba’s punishment could extend to up to four years.
Meanwhile, reporter Padovan attracted attention by claiming that Pogba’s football career was virtually over. “The only thing we have been able to confirm in the hours since the Pogba incident broke is that Juventus are not defending the doping case and are ready to assess the next steps in the process,” he said.
“It appears we need time to thoroughly investigate the case, but as with almost all doping situations, it is clear that testosterone was found in Pogba’s urine,” he said. “A reverse analysis will confirm the first results, and if Pogba did not know, He added, “You could be disciplined for two years, or up to four years if you knew.”
At the same time, he said, “Of course, it has not yet been confirmed whether the medication taken was prescribed by the club doctor or on the player’s own initiative.”
Padovan, who said further investigation into Pogba’s doping case was needed, immediately said, “Pogba’s future is no longer in question. His career, which was already in jeopardy, is over,” effectively ending Pogba’s career.
Meanwhile, Pogba’s agent Rafaela Pimenta defended Pogba, saying he is not that type of player.
According to reports, Pimenta said of Pogba: “We are awaiting the cross-analysis (secondary analysis) and we will not express any opinion until we get that result. What is certain is that Pogba has never wanted to break the rules. “We have to wait and see what Pogba will be waiting for in the future,” he said, defending Pogba under his management.
French media RMC Sports also commented on the positive doping result, saying, “Pogba must prove that the intake of exogenous testosterone (testosterone added to the testosterone naturally present in the male body) was not voluntary.” He explained that there is a need to take appropriate action.
As reported by the media, if Pogba is banned from playing for up to four years according to the regulations, Juventus will lose the entire remaining period of Pogba’s contract. Juventus reportedly signed a three-year contract with Pogba ahead of the 2022/23 season. In addition, it is not clear whether Pogba’s weekly salary can be withheld even after suspension, so there is a high possibility of losing the entire amount of 10.5 million euros (about 15 billion won). 토토사이트
If that happens, Pogba is expected to be the worst signing in Juventus history. Pogba has only appeared in 8 league games, 1 Coppa Italia, and 3 UEFA Europa League games for Juventus so far, which is because Juventus invested a total of 31.5 million euros (about 44.8 billion won) in a player who played in 12 games. am.
If Pogba, who was punished for doping following an injury at his home team, to which he moved to in order to bounce back after his poor performance at Manchester United, does not find a clue to turning around this problem, his memories with Juventus fans will likely end in the worst way.