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Paul Pogba addresses Man United fans in full statement after four year ban



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Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is appealing a four-year ban from football that he has received.

Pogba, 30, was provisionally suspended in September after a drugs test found elevated levels of testosterone in his system.

Italy’s National Anti-Doping Tribunal (TNA) have since accepted the request of the Anti-Doping Prosecutor’s Office to hand out a four-year ban from when he was first suspended, meaning Pogba will not be able to play until August 2027.

The French midfielder left Manchester United in the summer of 2022 and rejoined Juventus.

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Pogba has released a statement on his ban, which he states is “incorrect” – the 30-year-old added that he is “heartbroken” with the decision and that he will launch an appeal.

He would also explain that he would have never “disrespected or cheated” his fellow athletes and supporters of the clubs he played at.

“I have today been informed of the Tribunale Nazionale Antidoping’s decision and believe that the verdict is incorrect.

“I am sad, shocked and heartbroken that everything I have built in my professional playing career has been taken away from me.

“When I am free of legal restrictions the full story will become clear, but I have never knowingly or deliberately taken any supplements that violate anti-doping regulations.

“As a professional athlete I would never do anything to enhance my performance by using banned substances and have never disrespected or cheated fellow athletes and supporters of any of the teams I have played for, or against.

“As a consequence of the decision announced today I will appeal this before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

Pogba played 233 fixtures for United, winning the Europa League and Carabao Cup.