Paul Pogba denounced his brother for threats and extortion
(CNN) — French police are investigating allegations of extortion by French footballer Paul Pogba, the Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed to CNN on Monday.
Pogba made the extortion allegation through his legal team in a statement obtained by CNN on Monday.
A spokesperson for the prosecution told CNN that an investigation was opened in early August. “I can confirm that an investigation was opened on August 3, 2022, including the count of organized gang extortion and attempted gang extortion,” the statement said.
“The investigations were entrusted to the OCLCO”, adds the prosecution. The OCLCO is the branch of the French judicial police responsible for investigating organized crime.
Pogba’s statement came after his brother, Mathias Pogba, posted a series of videos on Instagram in English, French, Spanish and Italian in which he claimed he would make ‘huge revelations’ about Paul’s conduct and Rafaela Pimenta, their agent.
In his video from this Saturday, Mathias said: “The French, Italian and English public…and even more, the France team and the Juventus team, my brothers’ teammates and their sponsors deserve to know certain things to make an informed decision”. decide if 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 a World Cup… If he is a trusted person that any player would want to have by his side And, finally, if he is worthy of being taken as a representative role model by youth and, of course, by the big brands”.
Paul Pogba’s statement, signed by his lawyers, mother Yeo Moriba and Pimenta, reads: “Unfortunately Mathias Pogba’s recent social media posts come as no surprise and follow other attempts over a long period of time. trying to extort Paul Pogba”.
“The facts were reported to the Italian and French police a month ago and there will be no further comments on the ongoing investigations.”
“Mathias responded to the investigative reports in a series of tweets, beginning with: ‘What I expected has happened: my little brother is finally starting to show his true colors.'”
CNN reached out to Mathias for further comment, but did not immediately respond.
Pogba, 29, returned to his former club, Turin-based Juventus, in July after six years at Manchester United. Juventus have not commented on this.
CNN contacted Italian police for comment but did not receive an immediate response.
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