Anti-doping prosecutors on Thursday
requested a four-year disqualification for Juventus midfielder
Paul Pogba, who tested positive for testosterone in a
doping control after a match with Udinese in August.
The examination of the B sample subsequently confirmed the original result.
Italy's national anti-doping tribunal suspended the Frenchman in September after he tested positive for "testosterone not of endogenous origin" regarding a sample he gave after Juve's opening game of the Serie A season away at Udinese in August.
The shock news came as the midfielder looked to have been coming out of a difficult period on both the professional and personal fronts.
He was dogged by injury problems last season after returning to Juve from Manchester United and was also the victim of attempted extortion allegedly involving his brother Mathias.
Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said "On this issue I cannot answer until the matter is closed".
"We exchanged messages at the beginning, and now we must wait for this situation to end so we can see him again," he added.
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