Paul Pogba claims he is subject of €13 million blackmail plot from gang involving his brother
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Paul Pogba has told investigators he is the subject of a €13 million blackmail plot from a gang involving his brother.
Pogba's older brother Mathias caused huge controversy online when he released a three-minute video where he promised to disclose some 'explosive' information about his World Cup-winning sibling.
The 32-year-old said he will share 'revelations' because Pogba's team-mates and sponsors "deserve to know certain things" - and even mentioned the name of his international teammate Kylian Mbappe.
But more details of this astonishing story have emerged. According to France Info, Pogba has informed police that Mathias is part of a gang who have committed a blackmail attempt.
Pogba claims he has been subjected to threats and attempted extortion from friends he has known since he was a child, and his brother.
He is said to have a detailed an incident where he was intimidated by two hooded men carrying assault rifles in a Paris apartment and they demanded he hand over €13 million in funds.
Paul Pogba claims that in a bid to put pressure on him to give in to their €13m blackmail attempts, the gang told him they would leak that the Juventus player asked a witch doctor in his family circle to cast a spell on Kylian Mbappé, which Pogba denies. https://t.co/1nGap3k7PC— Get French Football News (@GFFN) August 28, 2022
They feel they are entitled to this sum as they don't think Pogba has looked after them in terms of finances.
This is despite Pogba telling police in interviews that he did help them financially. However, he did go on to reveal he cut ties after he found out one individual had used his credit card to steal €200,000.
Remarkably, the group have also turned up at the Juventus training ground in Turin, where Pogba is now playing for a second time.
Mbappe's small part in the story is that the gang threatened to invent a fake news story that Pogba requested a witch doctor cast a spell on the PSG star.
In a statement on Sunday, Pogba said: "The recent declarations of Mathias Pogba on social media are unfortunately not a surprise. They are coming after threats and attempts of extortion by an organised gang against Paul Pogba."
"This has been referred to the appropriate authorities both in Italy and in France a month ago."