Footballer Paul Pogba’s claims of extortion and threats being investigated by French police

Pogba made the declare of extortion by his authorized staff in a press release obtained by CNN on Monday.

A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s workplace instructed CNN an investigation was launched earlier this month. “I can confirm that an investigation was opened on 3 August 2022, in particular on the charge of extortion in an organized gang and attempted extortion in an organized gang,” the assertion reads.

“The investigations were entrusted to the OCLCO,” the prosecutor’s workplace continued. The OCLCO is the department of the French judicial police in control of investigations into organized crime.

Pogba’s assertion got here after his brother Mathias Pogba launched a collection of movies on Instagram in English, French, Spanish and Italian wherein he claimed that he would make “great revelations” concerning the conduct of his brother and Rafaela Pimenta, his agent.

In his Saturday video, Mathias mentioned, “The French, Italian and English public… and even more, the French national team and Juventus team, my brother’s teammates and his sponsors deserve to know certain things in order to make an informed decision if he deserves the admiration, respect and love of the public. Whether he deserves his place in the French national team, and the honor of playing in a World Cup … If he is a trustworthy person that any player would want to have by his side. And finally, is he worthy to be taken as a representative model by the youth and of course, the big brands?”

Paul Pogba’s assertion, which was signed by his attorneys, his mom Yeo Moriba and Pimenta, reads, “Unfortunately, Mathias Pogba’s recent social media posts are not a surprise and follow other attempts over a prolonged period to seek to extort Paul Pogba.

“The info have been reported to Italian and French police a month in the past and there will likely be no additional feedback on present investigations.”

Mathias responded to stories of the investigation in a series of tweets that opened with, “What I used to be ready for has arrived: my little brother is lastly beginning to present his true face.”

CNN reached out to Mathias Pogba for further comment but he did not respond immediately.

Paul Pogba, 29, returned to Juventus, in Italy’s Serie A, in July after six years at Manchester United in England’s Premier League. Juventus offered no comment on the matter.

Italian police confirmed to CNN that they are not investigating the claims.

Pogba was a member of France’s World Cup winning team in 2018.