Prosecutors investigate Pogba extortion allegations – RT Sport News

Claims by World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba that he was the target of an extortion campaign and threats by a criminal gang are being investigated by French prosecutors, a- we learned.

The investigation led by prosecutor Laure Beccuau will examine allegations that Pogba was targeted by a gang trying to extort money from the Juventus player. Allegations of blackmail and kidnapping are also being investigated.

According to a Reuters report in recent days, Pogba, 29, was the victim of an extortion campaign allegedly carried out by childhood friends, and it is understood he paid them a sum of one just under $100,000 (£86,000) earlier this year. .

Pogba, who won the 2018 World Cup in Russia with France, released a statement last week in which he said authorities in Italy and France were investigating the case, along with a specialized French unit – the Central Office. against organized crime (OCLCO) – supposed to lead the investigation.

The investigation comes a week after a bizarre message posted on social media by Pogba’s older brother, Mathias, in which he claimed to have damaging information about Pobga, and several others in the player’s orbit, such as his agent. , Rafaela Pimenta.

The French, English, Italian and Spanish public, as well as my brother’s fans – and even more so the France team and Juventus, my brother’s teammates and his sponsors – deserve to know certain things“Mathias Pogba said in the social media video.

In order to make an informed decision whether he deserves the admiration, respect and love of the public.

If he deserves his place in the France team and the honor of playing in the World Cup. If he deserves to start at Juventus.

If he is a reliable person, that any player would like to have by his side.”

However, Mathias Pogba’s claims were immediately refuted in a joint statement released by Paul Pogba, his mother and lawyer Yeo Moriba and Pimenta in which they said Mathias Pogba’s revelation was “unfortunately no surprise”.

Mathias also made claims regarding Pogba’s France international team-mate Kylian Mbappe, including that Paul Pogba used a wizard to put a ‘spell’ on him.

They (the videos) add to the threats and extortion attempts organized against Paul Pogba“, reads the press release.

The competent bodies in Italy and France were informed a month ago and there will be no further comments regarding the ongoing investigation..”

Other reports said that Paul Pogba told French police he had been detained at gunpoint in connection with an alleged threat of blackmail.

It has also been claimed that the criminals demanded $12.6m (£11m) from Pogba for alleged ‘protective services’ which date back more than 13 years to his initial spell at Manchester United .

French outlet RTL also reported that Mbappe had been in contact with the two Pogba brothers to ask why his name had become entangled in the claims.

Paul Pogba returned to Italian giants Juventus this summer on a free transfer from Manchester United six years after joining the Premier League side in what was at the time a world record transfer.


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