Manchester United’s world-record signing Paul Pogba, has been banned from playing at the club’s opening Premier League game against Bournemouth on Sunday.
According to the Football Association, FA, his suspension is related to a ban he incurred while at former club, Juventus.
The FA said:
“He was booked twice in last season’s Coppa Italia, which results in a one-game ban. This has been transferred to England.”
It would be recalled that Paul Pogba received two yellow cards in his last two games for Juventus, including a caution in the Coppa Italia final against AC Milan.
He was also handed a one-match ban by the Italian Football Federation after picking up two yellow cards in his two final competitive games for Juventus before completing his return to the Premier League.
And FA rules stipulate that any player serving a ban in another country will have that suspension carried over, even if they leave that league and join the Premier League.
United boss, Jose Mourinho found out about the suspension on Wednesday – and Paul Pogba’s first game for the club following his return could now be on Friday, 19 August against Southampton.
Manchester United had on Tuesday announced the re-signing of France midfielder on a five-year contract, for world-record fee of £89 million.
The 23-year-old made his return after four years away, having left United for Juventus for £1.5 million in 2012.
United will be paying the Italian champions €105 m euros for Pogba, plus an additional €5 million (£4.5 million) in performance-related bonuses and other costs, including €5 million if Pogba signs a new contract. This fee surpasses the £85 million that Real Madrid paid Tottenham for Wales forward, Gareth Bale in 2013.
Bournemouth winger, Junior Stanislas will also miss the Sunday game because of a hernia problem.
Defender Tyrone Mings is not ready to return from a cruciate ligament injury, but club record £15 million signing, Jordan Ibe is among the new recruits likely to feature.
New Manchester City defender, John Stones is fit to play against Sunderland in the club’s first Premier League game of the weekend.
Goalkeeper Joe Hart’s future at the Etihad could be in doubt, with Pep Guardiola apparently interested in Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.