Paul Pogba’s brother detained over alleged extortion, says lawyer


Mathias Pogba, the brother of France’s World Cup-winning footballer Paul Pogba, has been put underneath non permanent detention by a Paris court docket because it investigates allegations of extortion, his lawyer has confirmed to CNN.

In response to Mathias’ lawyer Yassine Bouzrou, Mathias Pogba, 32, has been in jail since Saturday evening.

“We will challenge this decision and ask for him to be released,” Bouzrou advised CNN on Sunday.

The Paris Public Prosecutor’s Workplace additionally confirmed to CNN on Sunday that Mathias Pogba has been positioned in non permanent detention.

Paul Pogba, who performs for Italy’s Serie A facet Juventus, made a declare of extortion in opposition to his brother final month, in an announcement obtained by CNN by way of his authorized staff.

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

Paul Pogba’s assertion, which was signed by his attorneys, his mom Yeo Moriba and Pimenta, learn: “Sadly, Mathias Pogba’s latest social media posts should not a shock and comply with different makes an attempt over a chronic interval to hunt to extort Paul Pogba.

“The facts have been reported to Italian and French police a month ago and there will be no further comments on current investigations.”

Mathias had responded in August to earlier reviews of the investigation in a series of tweets that opened with, “What I was waiting for has arrived: my little brother is finally starting to show his true face.”

Within the tweets he denied the allegations in opposition to him.

In August, a spokesperson for the prosecutor’s workplace advised CNN an investigation had been launched that month “on the charge of extortion in an organized gang and attempted extortion in an organized gang.”

Paul Pogba, 29, returned to Juventus in July after six years at Manchester United in England’s Premier League. He was a member of France’s World Cup-winning staff in 2018.

In August, Italian police confirmed to CNN that they weren’t investigating the claims.