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Man Utd star ‘face four-year ban’ which could force him into early retirement

Anti-doping prosecutors in Italy have requested former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba receive a four-year ban after he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.

Pogba was found to have enhanced levels of testosterone in random checks that were carried out following Juventus’ first Serie A game of the season against Udinese.

The Frenchman was suspended in September as a result of the positive test and now it appears that he could have played the last game of his career.

Pogba’s agent was previously asked to comment on his players situation by RMC Sport, and stated: “We are awaiting the counter-analysis and we can’t have an opinion before the results. What is certain is that Paul Pogba never meant to break a rule.”

The 30-year-old asked for a counter-analysis to be made on the positive test, but that also returned a positive result.

It has now been revealed that Italian anti-doping prosecutors proposed a maximum four-year punishment.

The matter will be heard in an anti-doping court because the former Manchester United player declined to accept a plea deal.

If Pogba can show that their doping was unintentional, as he says, or if the test was tainted, or if they can offer “substantial assistance” to aid investigators, the punishment might be lessened.

In four years, Pogba will turn 34, and rumors have it that Juventus may void his contract before it expires in 2026.

This is true even if Max Allegri, the manager of Juventus, stated in October, “Humanely, I’m sorry for Paul.”

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