According to information from Parisian confirmed by Agence France-Presse (AFP), Mathias Pogba, elder brother of the Blues champion Paul Pogba, admitted, on Thursday 15 September, during the police custody in the investigation into the extortion of funds reported by his brother, that he had initiated a video threatening him.
Five police arrests – one Tuesday and four Wednesday, including that of Mathias Pogba – were ordered as part of a judicial investigation opened on 2 September in Paris for in particular “extortion with weapons, kidnapping or kidnapping in an organized gang and participation in a criminal association “.
This incredible story, which is shaking the Blues and more generally the world of football two months after the World Cup in Qatar, began with a complaint presented on July 16 to the Turin prosecutor’s office by Paul Pogba. The Juventus player reported extortion attempts between March and July 2022 for 13 million euros.
Trapped by childhood friends
But the facts only came to light with the publication, on August 27, of an enigmatic video by Mathias Pogba, himself a 32-year-old professional footballer, who promised “revelations” about his brother. He reported to the police on Wednesday before being taken into custody. There, he admitted that he was on the initiative of this video, according to a source close to the file quoted by The Parisian.
However, during a hearing of the investigators, Paul Pogba had estimated that Mathias was ” under pressure “ people who want to extort money from them. “He’s a calm guy, unrecognizable in the video [qui a déclenché l’affaire] where it trembles, it is not like that in life “, added a relative of the family contacted by AFP. Last week Mathias Pogba said to himself, through the voice of his former lawyer “Totally unrelated to any extortion maneuver against his brother Paul Pogba”.
Star of the French team, Paul Pogba had told during his first hearing before the investigators that he was trapped by childhood friends and two hooded men, armed with assault rifles, accusing him of not having helped them financially. , according to information from France Info radio, confirmed to AFP by a source expert on the subject.