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After getting a four-year ban from football for a doping offence, the French midfielder Paul Pogba took to his official Instagram account to state that “the verdict is wrong.” The 30-year-old, who is contracted with Juventus in the Serie A until 2026, also announced his intention to appeal against the ban before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Notably, the Italian National Anti-Doping (NADO Italia) Tribunal, which had provisionally suspended Paul Pogba after testing positive for Testosterone in September last year, accepted the request of the Anti-Doping Prosecutor to hand him out a four-year ban. As per the report from Sky Sports, this is the standard length of a ban for doping under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.

A spokesman from Juventus told the following about the matter to the Guardian, “This morning we received the notice from the anti-doping agency that (Paul Pogba) has been disqualified for four years”.

In his official Instagram post, Paul Pogba addressed his four-year ban, and said, “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.”

Paul Pogba also talked about how the full story will come out after he gets free of the legal restrictions of the doping ban. He added, “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,” Paul Pogba concluded.