“Extortion attempts” on Paul Pogba: brother, childhood friends, and marabout, what the player told the police.
During many hearings, the France squad member claims he was cornered by childhood friends and two hooded guys armed with assault guns. A band that claimed many million from him and would include his brother Mathias Pogba.
According to people acquainted with the situation, an inquiry into “extortion efforts in an organized gang” on Paul Pogba has been open in France since the beginning of August. Following the “revelations” made by Mathias Pogba on social media on Saturday, it has emerged that the 2018 world champion claims to have been the target of threats and attempted extortion from his larger brother and boyhood pals. A reliable source provides what he stated to the cops.
Throughout several hearings, Paul Pogba was able to tell Central Office for the Fight Against Organized Crime investigators that he had been particularly cornered by boyhood pals and two hooded individuals armed with assault guns. The group, he claims, wanted 13 million euros from him and has harassed him numerous times since, including at the Juventus training camp in Turin, where he informed police he spotted his brother Mathias Pogba among the accused.
Among the player blackmailers is Mathias Pogba.
When France hosted Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa in a friendly match on March 25 and 29, Paul Pogba took the chance to visit his family in Lagny-sur-Marne. (Seine and Marne)
Friends then dragged him to a Paris flat and scolded him for not supporting them financially since he became a professional player. Two armed men among them thus claimed 13 million euros for “service provided,” assuring that they had discreetly safeguarded him for 13 years.
The 2018 world champion told detectives that he had visited his blackmailers numerous times, most recently in April in Manchester and again in July at the Juventus training facility in Turin, where he had recently joined up. In Turin, he saw his brother Mathias, with whom he has a strained relationship, among those he accuses of bullying him. Following this incident, Paul Pogba met his club’s attorneys, who immediately contacts the police.
“Not a surprise,” according to Mathias Pogba, for the Pogba clan.
During his hearings, the Juve player told investigators from the Judicial Police’s Central Directorate that he had always been close to his childhood friends and had never hesitated to help them financially when they were in need, until last January when he barred a friend he was hosting in Manchester from entering his home. He had just recently discovered that the latter had stolen 200,000 euros from him using his credit card.
This Sunday, Paul Pogba’s attorneys projected in a press release obtained by Radio France’s sports management that “Mathias Pogba’s recent utterances on social networks are sadly not a surprise.”
Paul Pogba’s elder brother effectively threatened “explosive disclosures” regarding the Juventus star, as well as his agent Rafaela Pimenta and France colleague Kylian Mbappé, on Saturday.
Despite himself, the name of the Paris Saint-Germain striker appears in this case. According to the investigators, Paul Pogba’s blackmailers wanted to discredit him by broadcasting messages in which he would have asked a marabout from his family circle to cast a spell on Kylian Mbappé, which the player denies.