France Info are reporting that Paul Pogba has informed police that his own brother, Mathias, is part of a €13 million blackmail attempt, according to Get French Football News.
On Saturday night, Mathias posted a video to Twitter claiming that he will share revelations about his brother, duly hinting that it would impact the public’s perception of the Juventus star.
Per the Daily Mail, Mathias said: “The French, English, Italian and Spanish public, in other words the whole world, as well as my brother’s fans, and even more so the French team and Juventus, my brother’s team-mates and his sponsors deserve to know certain things.
Mathias Pogba’s video
“In order to make an informed decision if he deserves the admiration, respect and love of the public.
“If he deserves his place in the French team and the honour of playing in the World Cup. If he deserves to be a starter at Juventus. If he is a trustworthy person, that any player deserves to have at his side.”
The video also went onto make comments about Rafaela Pimenta, who succeeded Mino Raiola as Pogba’s agent upon his passing, as well as Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.
The Mail quote Pogba’s lawyers as responding to the video by saying: “Mathias Pogba’s recent statements on social networks are unfortunately not a surprise. They are in addition to threats and organised extortion attempts against Paul Pogba.”
Reported details in the French press
This back and forth was then added to on Sunday evening when France Info reported additional information on the situation.
Translations by Zach Lowry elucidated the contents of the report by tweeting that it was claimed French authorities are investigating an “attempted extortion by an organized gang” in regards to the former Manchester United midfielder.
You can read the allegations unpacked within the article by reading the full Twitter thread below:
Get France Football News further explains that “Pogba is understood to have said that he was trapped by childhood friends and two hooded men armed with assault rifles during an incident in Paris,” as part of various interviews with authorities.
Further alleged details include Pogba claiming that he had seen his blackmailers on multiple occasions, notably in Manchester in April and at Juventus’ training centre in July.
We will update you all with more information as we receive it.
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