Pogba says threatened by gangs after brother promises ‘big reveals’
A statement signed by his lawyers, his mother Yeo Moriba and current agent Rafaela Pimenta says the videos posted Saturday night “are unfortunately not a surprise”. “They add to threats and extortion attempts by an organized gang against Paul Pogba,” the statement read.
“The competent authorities in Italy and France were informed a month ago and there will be no further comment regarding the ongoing investigation.” Mathias Pogba, 32, posted videos in four languages promising “big revelations about (his) brother Paul Pogba and his agent Rafaela Pimenta”, who took over as head of the company from former agent Mino Raiola, who died in April.
He said the “the whole world, as well as my brother’s supporters, and even more the France team and Juventus, my brother’s teammates and his sponsors deserve to know certain things”. Also a professional footballer, Mathias Pogba said people needed to know what he knew to judge whether his brother “deserves his place in the France team and the honor of playing in the World Cup. If he deserves to start at Juventus.”
“All this is likely to be explosive”, he concludes without adding anything to his “revelations”. According to two sources close to the Pogba family contacted by ‘AFP’, large sums of money are demanded of Paul Pogba if he wants to avoid the distribution of allegedly compromising videos.
Paul Pogba, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, returned to Juventus on a free transfer this summer after six years at Manchester United, and is currently sidelined with a knee injury. The 29 year old player is expected to resume operations next month.