The brother of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been imprisoned and “positioned underneath formal investigation” over claims he was a part of a gang who tried to extort thousands and thousands from the footballer.
Mathias Pogba is being investigated on suspicion of “gang-based extortion and participation in a felony affiliation”, a judicial supply has advised Reuters.
4 different individuals who appeared with Mathias Pogba earlier than a decide on Saturday had been additionally put underneath formal investigation. Three had been ordered to be detained.
Mathias has denied the allegations in opposition to him in statements posted on social media.
Final month, prosecutors in France started investigating allegations that Paul Pogba, who gained the 2018 World Cup with France, was the goal of extortion by an organised group, that included his brother and childhood buddies.
They allegedly demanded €13m (£11m) from the midfielder, who rejoined Juventus in the summertime switch window, and repeatedly intimidated him, claiming he didn’t assist them after he turned a global footballer.
An official near the investigation advised the Related Press Pogba admitted to investigators he had already paid €100,000 (£86,800) to the group.
It got here after the Juventus star’s brother claimed he was planning to make “nice revelations” that may make followers and teammates take a look at him in a special gentle.
Mathias Pogba’s social media video additionally promised to disclose “crucial issues” about Paris Saint-Germain famous person Kylian Mbappe – in addition to questions of “integrity” concerning Pogba’s agent Rafaela Pimenta.