Paul Pogba paid €100,000 to extortionists

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World Cup winner Paul Pogba paid €100,000 ($100,000) to an organized group, including his brother, who tried to extort him for millions, French officials said Tuesday.

French prosecutors are investigating allegations that Pogba was the target of extortion by his brother, Mathias Pogba, and childhood friends from the eastern suburbs of Paris, where they grew up. They demanded 13 million euros from the French midfielder and repeatedly harassed him, claiming he did not support them after he became an international star.

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No charges have been filed yet, prosecutors said, but sources told ESPN that Pogba had told police that the group had told him that he owed them money to care for him as a young person and that they were expecting a cash refund.

An official close to the investigation confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday that Pogba told investigators he had already paid $100,000.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with official practice during an ongoing investigation.

According to French media reports, Paul Pogba told investigators that the blackmailers wanted to discredit him by claiming that he had asked a medicine man to cast a spell on another French star, Kylian Mbappé.

Paul Pogba denied the accusation.

Mathias Pogba appeared to address the medicine man’s claim on Sunday in a Twitter message addressed to Mbappe: “Kylian, do you understand now? I have nothing against you, what I say is for your own good, everything is true and known , the medicine man is known!”

Mbappé has not responded and has not commented on the scandal that appears to stem from a family feud.

A source told ESPN that the Mbappé family is monitoring the situation.

French team coach Didier Deschamps has been aware of the matter between Pogba and his brother for some time and is also monitoring the situation, sources told ESPN.

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet downplayed the scandal in which two of the French stars play just four months before the World Cup.

“These are just rumors at the moment,” Le Graet said in an interview with Radio Monte Carlo on Monday.

Regarding Paul Pogba, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, Le Graet added: “I love Paul. [World Cup] place on the French side.

The case became public after Mathias Pogba posted threats on social media last weekend to share “explosive” revelations about his brother, Paul’s agent Rafaela Pimenta, and Mbappe.

In Instagram videos, Mathias seemed to read a statement promising “great revelations” in Italian, Spanish, English and French.

“All of this is likely to be explosive,” Mathias added.

According to ESPN sources, a childhood friend of Pogba’s, who spent a lot of time at Pogba’s home in Manchester, stole €200,000 from one of his credit cards.

French public broadcaster BFM reported on Tuesday that Pogba made the payment in April after being threatened in March by masked gunmen in a Paris apartment while he was in France for national team matches.

The group also made demands on Pogba at Juventus’ training center in Turin.

He said his brother Mathias was among them, according to reports by France-Info, also a public broadcaster.

In response, Paul Pogba, through his attorney, released a statement saying that his brother’s allegations were “in addition to threats and extortion attempts by an organized gang against Paul Pogba.”

The Paris prosecutor’s office said on Monday it opened an investigation this month into attempted organized extortion, which is being handled by anti-corruption police. It declined to provide further details about an ongoing investigation.

Paul Pogba, 29, won the 2018 World Cup with France and returned to Juventus this summer after six seasons with Manchester United.

Mathias Pogba, three years older, is also a footballer who has spent most of his career with lower teams in Europe.

This report uses information from The Associated Press.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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