Paul Pogba is apparently being blackmailed. The French world champion is said to be threatened by an organized gang. The authorities are involved.
French world champion Paul Pogba is apparently being blackmailed after his brother Mathias announced “major revelations” on the Internet.
A statement from his lawyers, his mother and his adviser said the videos released on Saturday were “unfortunately not a surprise”: “In addition, there are threats and blackmail attempts by an organized gang against Paul Pogba.”
The AFP news agency learned Sunday that French police have launched an investigation. The authorities in France and Italy had already been informed a month ago, he said. French TV channel franceinfo reports that Pogba was even threatened with firearms by the gang – referring to witness statements made by Paul Pogba to DCPJ (Central Directorate of the Judicial Police).
Mathias Pogba, former Guinea international, had stated in videos in four languages that “the whole world, just like my brother’s fans and even more so the French team and Juventus, my brother’s teammates and his sponsors deserve to know certain things.”
Brother makes heavy accusations against Pogba
He later followed up on Twitter, but again without being specific. “I’ll tell you again: brother, manipulating people is not good!” he wrote there, among other things.
It’s not about money, he added: “You dragged me into this against my will, I almost died because of you, you left me in a hole on the run and now you want to turn yourself in innocent, when all is said and done, people will see that there is no greater coward, traitor and hypocrite in this world than you.”
His announced revelations were “explosive,” he had originally announced. Not only to his brother, but also to his advisor Rafaela Pimenta, who was part of Mino Raiola’s team, he wanted to make revelations. And even to Kylian Mbappé.
The French news agency AFP learned from sources close to the family that large sums were demanded from Paul Pogba to prevent the publication. From 13 million euros writes franceinfo.
Wild Mbappé accusation
Pogba is said to have stated at his hearing at DCPJ that the blackmailers would state, among other things, that he had set a marabou, a kind of sorcerer, on Mbappé. Which Mathias Pogba then took to Twitter, “Kylian, do you understand now? I have nothing negative against you, my statements are for your good, everything is true and proven, the marabou is known! It’s never good to have a hypocrite and a traitor around.”
Paul Pogba had returned to Italian record champions Juventus Turin on a free transfer in the summer after six years at Manchester United. Currently, the 29-year-old is missing because of a meniscus injury.
Mathias Pogba is a professional himself, but has been without a club since April.