Paul Pogba describes the moment he was held at gunpoint in alleged extortion attempt
‘The two guys pointed their guns at me’: Paul Pogba’s shocking statement to police over alleged blackmail attempt he suffered after his brother Mathias was charged by French authorities
- Paul Pogba has claimed he was the victim of an extortion attempt by gunmen
- He has spoken to police and claims the men held guns to his head and demanded money from him
- He has admitted that he agreed to pay them because he feared for his life
- His brother, Mathias, has been charged for his alleged involvement in the extortion scheme
Paul Pogba has claimed in his police statement that he agreed to pay two gunmen after being detained during an alleged extortion attempt, according to reports.
The incident is believed to have taken place on March 19 in the suburbs of Paris, and it has been reported that Pogba paid £85,000 to the extortionists, despite them demanding £11m. pound of him.
Pogba’s brother, Mathias, has subsequently been charged for his alleged involvement in the blackmail scheme and is currently in police custody.
Four other men believed to be his accomplices have also been placed under formal investigation for extortion and criminal association.
Describing what went through his mind when he came face to face with the gunmen, Pogba told police via Le Monde: ‘I was scared. The two guys pointed their guns at me. So when I had been held up like that, threatened, I told them I would pay.’
Pogba’s ordeal came to light last month when his brother Mathias threatened to share ‘explosive’ revelations about the former Manchester United star with the public.
The Juventus midfielder responded by revealing he was not surprised by Mathias’ threat as he revealed he had been held hostage by men with assault rifles as part of a long-running blackmail plot involving his brother.
Paul Pogba (L) has claimed two men held guns to his head during an alleged blackmail attempt
Pogba’s brother, Mathias, has been charged for his alleged involvement in the blackmail attempt and is currently in police custody
Mathias denied the accusations from his brother and called him ‘a coward, traitor and hypocrite’.
He also claimed Pogba had met with a witch doctor to cast a spell on his international team-mate Kylian Mbappe.
Pogba has denied this claim and Mbappe has since spoken out about the accusation.
“Today I prefer to take my teammate’s word for it,” he said earlier this month.
Pogba has denied having a witch doctor cast a spell on France team-mate Kylian Mbappe
‘It’s his word against his brother’s word, I’ll believe my teammate.’
Reports in France have now claimed that Pogba is under police protection in Italy following the alleged blackmail attempt.
The 29-year-old is currently sidelined after knee surgery and is aiming to return in time for the World Cup, which gets underway in November in Qatar.