Let’s summarize this incredible extortion story that produces a lot of money and marabouts

Let’s summarize this incredible extortion story that produces a lot of money and marabouts

Let’s summarize this incredible extortion story that produces a lot of money and marabouts

A vengeful brother, a harmful entourage, a threatened mother, millions of euros, a marabout and in the midst of everything: Paul Pogba, the champion of the French team and Juventus Turin. The player, 2018 world champion, is at the center of an incredible story. They denounces the attempts to extort funds in which, according to him, his elder brother Mathias participates. Franceinfo summarizes this story 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) has embarked on a very tortuous 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 team of Belfort in the summer of 2021, where he has not left an everlasting memory, with only twelve games to his credit. “We can talk about a casting error”granted Jean-Paul Simon, 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 of the television program “L’Équipe du soir”, on the L’Equipe channel. Until now, the Pogba clan seemed extremely close, appearing very often together on social networks. Mathias, Florentin and their mother, Yeo Moriba, regularly participate in matches for the French national team. Paul Pogba is also one of the main donors of Mathias’s association, “48 H POUR”, whose purpose is to raise funds to promote access to safe water and education for Guinean children.

How did the case break out?

On August 27, as we slowly head towards the end of summer, and Paul Pogba injured his knee, his older brother Mathias posts a video on TikTok, in which he announces revelations. “explosive” on the younger brother. He ensures it “the whole world he deserves to know a few things in order to make an informed decision though [son frère] he really deserves admiration, respect, his place in France, if he is a person worthy of trust “. He also promises, in this enigmatic message, to provide information involving Kylian Mbappé, the champion of PSG and France. But also revelations about Paul Pogba’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta.

How did the Paul Pogba clan react?

Paul Pogba’s advisers react on Sunday by issuing a press release signed by his lawyers and his agent. They complain “Organized extortion attempts” against the player. “The recent statements by Mathias Pogba on social networks are unfortunately not a surprise”they specify it and add it “the competent authorities in Italy and France were seized a month ago”. The Paris prosecutor’s office announced, on Friday 2 September, the opening of a judicial investigation against X, that is, entrusting the investigation to the investigating magistrates.

What did Paul Pogba tell the detectives?

In front of the investigators of the Central Office for Combating Organized Crime, Paul Pogba said that the case really started in March andn the sidelines of a meeting of the French team. “La Pioche” (Paul Pogba’s nickname) is expected at a promotional evening for the “Golden Score” association, managed by Mathias Pogba and his cousin Adrien Nsomoto, which aims to help the retraining of high-level athletes. Mathias Pogba arrived the first of three brothers in Shangri-La [un hôtel cossu du 16ème arrondissement de Paris]tells a franceinfo journalist present, Paul arrived shortly after, accompanied by his mother Yeo Moriba. During the evening, the three brothers ended up appearing together. The atmosphere was cheerful “.

However, a few hours later, the player finds himself, forced by childhood friends, in a Parisian apartment. They blame him for not helping them financially when they needed it. According to the statements of the Juventus Turin midfielder, two men hooded “ And “armed with assault rifles” tell himament 13 million euros to get it “protected” during the thirteen years of his professional career. Paul Pogba tells investigators that he paid them 100,000 euros and signed a paper commitment to pay the rest of the sum.

This kind of threat repeats itself, Manchester, where the player played until June, then in Turin, his new club. It is in Italy that he claims to have recognized his brother Mathias among the blackmailers, with whom relations have been strained for Euro 2021, according to The group (paid item). During his second hearing with investigators, Paul Pogba says his mother was also under pressure. In July, unidentified people reportedly came to his home asking for 13 million euros, claiming they had protected his son Paul for years. “against people who wanted to harm him. This episode led to Paul Pogba’s agent seeking protection for his mother from the French squad’s security officer. Paul Pogba also says he is convinced that his older brother Mathias is acting under the pressure of racketeering.

What is Kylian Mbappé doing in this case?

In the first video transmission, Mathias Pogba mentions the name of Kylian Mbappé. Paul Pogba explained this to investigators “his blackmailers wanted to discredit him by sending messages in which he would ask a marabout in his family circle to cast a spell” to the PSG striker, who disputes. In the tweets published after the revelations about Paul’s hearing, Mathias Pogba takes Mbappé to testify, assuring that “everything is tried and true”And “the marabout is known”. And qualifies Paul Pogba asso-called Muslim completely in witchcraft “.

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 to cast a spell on the PSG striker. The latter did not react directly, but his clan is closely following the consequences of this affair, he reports The group (for subscribers).

According to M6 and RTL, he would call the Pogba brothers to get their versions. On a daily basis, however, he does not show anything according to his PSG coach Christophe Galtier: “There could be an impact on his performance, on his mentality, I don’t think. And when I say ‘I don’t think’, I don’t know, because I didn’t bring it up with Kylian.” “I prefer to take the word of a teammate [Paul Pogba]”, Kylian Mbappé said on Monday, September 5, in response to a question on the subject during a PSG press conference.

What are the consequences for the French team?

Less than three months before the World Cup, the case falls very badly for the Blues. Paul Pogba is one of Didier Deschamps’ base men. His morale could be affected, as well as the relationships within the group and in particular with Kylian Mbappé. Didier Deschamps had had to decide on the spot already in 2016, with the story of the “sextape” between Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena. He had finally ruled out the two players.

Contacted by RMC Sport, Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Association, wanted to clarify the case. “No one has gone to court as far as I know at the moment. At this stage these are just rumors, he points out. I love Paolo. I hope this doesn’t question his place in France. ” On franceinfo, the Minister of Sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, relies on “the experience” by Didier Deschamps to address this situation.

“I have full confidence in him, he has all the experience necessary to manage this kind of delicate situation, he has shown it as a player, coach and selector. Didier will be able to protect his team from this turbulence.”

Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, Minister of Sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games

to franceinfo

I was too lazy to read it all, can I have a summary?

Paul Pogba, the star of Blues and Juventus, says he is the victim of an extortion carried out by childhood friends who ask him for 13 million euros for having protected him at the beginning of his career. Paul Pogba also recognized his brother Mathias, among the thugs who have repeatedly threatened him. Mathias Pogba, the eldest of the brothers, has promised revelations in the videos broadcast on social media “explosive” of his younger brother and his agent, Rafaela Pimenta. According to Mathias, Paul Pogba would have hired a marabout to cast a spell on Kylian Mbappé, the PSG striker.

The Juventus player denied these accusations and admitted that he had paid € 100,000 to people who threatened him in a Paris apartment in March. He also filed a complaint with the Turin Prosecutor’s Office and he sought protection for his mother, who was also threatened, with the security officer of the French squad. Three months before the World Cup this case falls badly for the Blues. If his presence is not yet assured, the player injures his knee, Paul Pogba is one of Didier Deschamps’ base men. The coach will therefore have to manage a new non-sporting affair that pollutes the life of his group, six years after that of the “sextape” that saw Karim Benzema against Mathieu Valbuena.

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