Paul Pogba set for a career change after doping ban

Paul Pogba ban: Former Manchester United star set for a career change

The former Manchester United midfielder has reportedly landed a role in a French film after he was slapped with a four-year ban back in February. The 31-year-old is currently in contract with Serie A club Juventus but is yet to make a competitive appearances since September last year.

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The World Cup winner tested positive for a banned testosterone substance after a Juventus game with Udinese back in August 2023. The substance is banned as per UEFA regulations and Pogba was tested for abnormal levels of the substance despite him not participating in the tie.

The four-year ban will subsequently keep him out of action until 2027 even though Pogba has vowed to appeal the decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Pogba who came through the Manchester United academy still maintains that he did not intentionally take the substance and will appeal the imposed sanctions on him.

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

Paul Pogba set for an acting role in French movie

The Juventus midfielder will be forced into retirement if he’s unsuccessful in his attempt to appeal the sanctions against him, as he will not be able to return to professional football before 2027.

But ESPN reported that Paul Pogba was involved in filming scenes for a French film called 4 Zéros in Paris earlier this week. The movie is a sequel to 3 Zéros which was released back in 2002. He plays the role of a youth football team coach.

A crew member of the film was quoted saying: “He amazed everyone with his naturalness and simplicity.

“He visibly appreciated the experience and said he was ready, why not, to reproduce it further.”

The French midfielder is no stranger to lights and camera, after he was in an Adidas 2018 World Cup commercial which also included the likes of David Beckham and Lionel Messi.

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