A vengeful brother, a harmful entourage, a threatened mother, millions of euros, a marabout and in the middle of it all: Paul Pogba, the star of the French national team and Juventus Turin. The 2018 world champion player is at the center of an incredible affair. The He denounces attempts to extort funds in which, according to him, his older brother Mathias participates. Franceinfo summarizes this affair that broke out a few months before the World Cup in Qatar (from November 20 to December 18) and which could have consequences for the Blues.
Who is Mathias Pogba?
Mathias, 32, is Paul’s eldest (29) and Florentin’s twin. Like his brothers, the native of Conakry (Guinea) undertook a very sinuous professional career (13 clubs in 13 years). Far from the success of his younger brother, he has been without a club since he left the modest Belfort team in the summer of 2021 – where he has not left an everlasting memory, with only twelve games on the clock. “Can we talk about a casting error”granted Jean-Paul Simon, the president of the club, last April in the columns of The Republican East.
In recent months, Mathias Pogba has also been one of the regular columnists for the television program “L’Équipe du soir”, on the L’Equipe channel. Until now, the Pogba clan seemed extremely tight-knit, often appearing together on social media. Mathias, Florentin and his mother, Yeo Moriba, regularly attend France national team matches. Paul Pogba is also one of the main donors of Mathias’s association, “48 H POUR”, which aims to raise funds to promote access to clean water and education for Guinean children.
How did the case unravel?
On August 27th, as we slowly head towards the end of summer, and Paul Pogba injures his knee, his older brother Mathias posts a video on TikTok announcing revelations. “explosive” about his younger brother. He assures that “the whole world You deserve to know certain things in order to make an informed decision about whether [son frère] he really deserves admiration, respect, his place in the France team, if he is a trustworthy person.”. He also promises, in this enigmatic message, to deliver information that implicates Kylian Mbappé, the star player for PSG and the French national team. But also revelations about Paul Pogba’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta.
How did Paul Pogba’s clan react?
Paul Pogba’s advisers react this Sunday by publishing a press release signed by his lawyers and his agent. they denounce “organized extortion attempts” against the player. “The recent statements by Mathias Pogba on social networks are unfortunately not a surprise”specify and add that “the competent authorities in Italy and France were seized a month ago”. The Paris prosecutor’s office announced, on Friday, September 2, the opening of a judicial investigation against X, that is, entrusting the investigation to the investigating judges.
What did Paul Pogba tell investigators?
Before the investigators of the Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime, Paul Pogba said that the case really began in March andOn the sidelines of a France national team meeting. “La Pioche” (le surnom de Paul Pogba) is attending a soirée de promotion de l’association “Golden Score”, gérée par Mathias Pogba et son Adrien Nsomoto, who will help but help the reconversion of the sportifs de high level. “Mathias Pogba arrived the first of three brothers at Shangri-La [un hôtel cossu du 16ème arrondissement de Paris]says a franceinfo journalist presentPaul arrived a little later, accompanied by his mother Yeo Moriba. During the evening, the three brothers ended up appearing together. The atmosphere was in a good mood.”
However, a few hours later, the player finds himself, constrained by childhood friends, in a Parisian apartment. They blame him for not helping them financially when they needed it. According to statements made by the Juventus Turin midfielder, two men “hooded” Y “armed with assault rifles” tell himI raise 13 million euros to have it “protected” during the thirteen years of his professional career. Paul Pogba tells the investigators that he paid them 100,000 euros and that he signed a paper commitment to pay the rest of the sum.
This type of threat is repeated, Manchester, where the player played until June, then in Turin, his new club. It is in Italy where he claims to have recognized his brother Mathias among the blackmailers, with whom relations have been tense since Euro 2021, according to The team (paid article). During his second hearing with investigators, Paul Pogba says his mother was also under pressure. In July, unidentified persons reportedly came to his house demanding €13 million, claiming that they protected his son Paul for years. “against the people who wished him ill“. This episode prompted Paul Pogba’s agent to seek protection for the mother of France’s national team security officer. Paul Pogba also says that he is convinced that his older brother, Mathias, is acting under pressure from the mobsters.
What is Kylian Mbappé doing in this case?
In the first broadcast of the video, Mathias Pogba mentions the name of Kylian Mbappé. Paul Pogba explained to the researchers that “His blackmailers wanted to discredit him by spreading messages in which he allegedly asked a marabout in his family circle to cast a spell on him” to the PSG striker, who disputes him. In tweets published after the revelations about Paul’s hearing, Mathias Pogba takes Mbappé as a witness, assuring that “everything is true and proven”and that “the marabout is known”. And he qualifies Paul Pogba as “the so-called Muslims thoroughly in witchcraft”.
Kylian, now do you understand? I have nothing negative against you, my words are for your good, everything is true and proven, the marabou is known! I feel sorry for this brother, a so-called Muslim immersed in witchcraft, it is never good to have a hypocrite and a traitor near you!
— Mathias Pogba (@LeMathiasPogba) August 28, 2022
In his second hearing with investigators, Paul Pogba admitted having paid money to a marabout for a humanitarian association that helps children in Africa, and not bewitching the PSG striker. The latter did not react directly, but his clan is closely following the consequences of this matter, reports The team (for subscribers).
According to M6 and RTL, would have called the Pogba brothers to have their versions. On a day-to-day basis, however, he doesn’t show anything according to his coach at PSG, Christophe Galtier: “There may be an impact on his performance, on his mentality, I don’t think so. And when I say ‘I don’t think so,’ I don’t know, because I haven’t touched on it.” with Kylian.” “I prefer to trust the word of a colleague [Paul Pogba]”, said Kylian Mbappé, on Monday, September 5, answering a question on the subject During a PSG press conference.
What are the consequences for the France team?
Less than three months before the World Cup, the case falls very badly for the Blues. Paul Pogba is one of Didier Deschamps’ basic men. His morale could be affected, as well as relations within the group and in particular with Kylian Mbappé. Didier Deschamps had already had to decide on the fly in 2016, with the “sextape” issue between Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena. He had finally excluded the two players.
Contacted by RMC Sport, Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation, wanted to clarify the case. “No one has gone to trial as far as I know at this time. At this time, these are just rumours, points out. I love Paul. I hope that doesn’t put his place in the France team in doubt.” On franceinfo, the Minister for Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, trusts “the experience” by Didier Deschamps to deal with this situation.
“I have full confidence in him, he has all the experience necessary to handle these types of delicate situations, he has shown it as a player, coach and coach. Didier will be able to protect his team from this turbulence.”Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sports and the Olympic and Paralympic Games
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I was too lazy to read everything, can I have a summary?
Paul Pogba, the star of the Blues and Juventus, says he is the victim of extortion from childhood friends who claim 13 million euros for having protected him at the beginning of his career. Paul Pogba also recognized his brother Mathias from him, among the thugs who threatened him on several occasions. Mathias Pogba, the eldest of the promised brothers, in videos broadcast on social networks, revelations “explosive” about his younger brother and his agent, Raphael Pimenta. According to Mathias, Paul Pogba would have hired a marabout to bewitch Kylian Mbappé, the PSG striker.
The Juventus player has denied these accusations and has admitted having paid 100,000 euros to people who threatened him in an apartment in Paris during the month of March. He also filed a complaint with the Turin prosecutor’s office and he sought protection for his mother, also threatened, with the security officer of the France team. Three months before the World Cup, this case falls ill for the Blues. If his presence is not yet assured, the player is injured in the knee, Paul Pogba is one of Didier Deschamps’ basic men. The coach will therefore have to manage a new extra-sports adventure that will dirty the life of his group, six years after the “sextape” that pitted Karim Benzema against Mathieu Valbuena.
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