Paul Pogba offered Russian celebrity league lifeline after doping ban

Paul Pogba
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Juventus and French football star Paul Pogba, facing a career-altering doping suspension, has received an unexpected lifeline from an unlikely source – the Russian celebrity football league. The Broke Boys, a team known for its eclectic roster, has offered Pogba a spot on their squad as he navigates his legal battle.

The offer includes a monthly salary of £1,167 and luxury accommodation. Artjom Chatjaturjan, the Broke Boys' sporting director, confirmed the outreach, stating:

"It may seem like a joke, but we called him. So far he has politely refused. He is in a desperate moment and needs time to accept it, Pogba is one of the best footballers in world won't be able to play for that long."

Pogba's current predicament stems from a September doping test that revealed the presence of DHEA, a substance that can boost testosterone levels. The World Cup winner was provisionally suspended despite not playing in the Juventus game when the test occurred. If upheld, the looming four-year ban could effectively end his professional career at the top level.

Determined to fight back, Pogba has vowed to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He released a statement expressing his shock and sadness over the ban, maintaining his innocence and commitment to fair play throughout his career. This appeal represents a last-ditch effort to salvage his career.

The Broke Boys play in the Media Football League, a relatively new phenomenon in Russia founded in 2022. This league, featuring teams of celebrities and social media personalities, offers a unique blend of football and entertainment. It could represent a temporary landing spot for Pogba should his appeal fail.

While the offer might seem outlandish, Pogba's primary focus remains on overturning the ban through legal channels. However, the interest from the Broke Boys highlights the unpredictable paths that can emerge within the football world, even for players facing seemingly insurmountable setbacks.

As Pogba fights for his professional life, his case serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of doping in sports and an athlete's determination to overcome extraordinary challenges.