Mathias Pogba ‘went to court in Paris and faces possible prosecution’ for alleged blackmail attempts against his brother Paul, following the former Manchester United midfielder’s claims of gang threats
- A report says that Mathias Pogba has been taken to court over blackmail claims
- Mathias (32) was accused of being part of a plot to get money from Paul Pogba
- Paul was previously at Manchester United, before joining Juventus this summer
Mathias Pogba has been arraigned in relation to the alleged blackmail attempt against his brother, former Manchester United footballer Paul Pogba, according to a report from France.
According to BFMTV, a French news channel, Mathias Pogba’s police arrest has been lifted and he was set to be moved to court in Paris on Friday night.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, four people were taken into police custody in connection with an alleged blackmail attempt made against Paul Pogba, who currently plays for Juventus.
Mathias, one of the four questioned by the authorities, is said to have presented himself to investigators and was taken into police custody.
Paul Pogba had claimed his brother, and “childhood friends”, were part of a group targeting him in Turin, demanding £11m (€13m) for “protection services” over 13 years.
Paul Pogba made 157 appearances for Manchester United over two spells as a senior player, as well as spending the latter stages of his youth career at Old Trafford.
The 2018 World Cup winner moved to Juventus this summer after his contract in Manchester expired, signing a four-year deal with the Serie A club.
Mathias Pogba (l) has reportedly appeared in court over allegations involving brother Paul (r)
Paul Pogba claimed the gang’s threats were carried out in Paris in March while he was on international duty, when he allegedly paid £85,000 (€100,000) to the group to “save time” after they threatened him.
However, further scare tactics have been alleged to have taken place in Manchester in April, and more recently around Turin, where Juventus play their home games and train.
Mathias Pogba, 32, is also a footballer, who had spells in British football at Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra, Crawley Town and Partick Thistle.
Mathias has previously insisted he is “a complete stranger” to any blackmail attempts against his brother, according to claims released via his lawyer Richard Arbib.
Paul Pogba moved to Serie A Juventus in the summer after his Manchester United deal expired
The matter became public knowledge after Mathias threatened to share “big revelations” about his brother and Paul’s international team-mate Kylian Mbappe.
There was an allegation that Paul Pogba had used a witch doctor to cast a spell on 23-year-old Mbappe, which the Juventus star denies, saying was made up to discredit him.
Paul Pogba will miss two months of playing time for Juventus after undergoing knee surgery, putting his World Cup hopes in jeopardy.