The anti-doping prosecutor’s office in Italy have concluded their procedures following Paul Pogba’s failed doping test in August and are now requesting a four-year suspension for the Juventus midfielder. 

The Frenchman failed a routine doping test following Juventus’ 3-0 victory over Udinese in Serie A at the end of August. In the initial test and the subsequent counter-analysis, Pogba had traces of DHEA in his system, a substance prohibited in Serie A. 

The maximum four-year sentence will be the sanction in the event that there is no plea bargain negotiated from Pogba’s side. 

Pogba is expected by multiple outlets to go to trial in front of the national anti-doping tribunal. He has been provisionally suspended since the results of the initial doping test came in. 

The 30-year-old has played just 52 minutes of competitive action across two Serie A appearances for Juve this season. Though he was on the bench, Pogba was not involved in the game against Udinese after which he tested positive for DHEA. 

His contract, which earned him an annual sum of €8m net prior to his suspension, is valid until the summer of 2026. However, as per TMW, Pogba has been receiving a salary of €42,000 per year during his ban. 

If Pogba were to be suspended for four years, TMW and multiple other outlets report that Juve could seek to terminate the contract unilaterally.

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