Radio silence. The management of Juventus Turin did not wish to “no comment”, Tuesday, on the situation of his player Paul Pogba, at the center of an incredible affair linked to “extortion attempts” alleged against him. Case that the brother of the French international, Mathias, fueled in the evening with a new video. Asked by AFP, a spokesman for the management of the bianconero club referred to the entourage of the 29-year-old French world champion, currently in the recovery phase after a right knee injury at the end of July.
Paul Pogba, his mother and his agent, Rafaela Pimenta, denounced Sunday “threat” and “organized extortion attempts” targeting the star of the Blues and announced that they had taken legal action “a month ago” in Italy and France. Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri was also asked at a press conference on Tuesday about his player’s state of mind, but preferred to kick in touch: “The injured work apart from the team, I haven’t seen Pogba”.
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He simply confirmed that the French international was not “not available at the moment”. “If all goes well, he will start running a bit again from next week. Then we will see how he evolves, hoping to have him as soon as possible”he added.
Paul Pogba during the France-South Africa friendly match in March 2022.
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The mother heard by the investigators
In France, a preliminary investigation was opened on August 3 of the leader of extortion in an organized gang and attempt, confirmed the Paris prosecutor’s office to AFP. The investigations were entrusted to the Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime (Oclo). According to information from franceinfo confirmed to AFP by a source familiar with the matter, Paul Pogba told investigators that he had been intimidated several times in Manchester, his ex-club, and up to the Juventus training center, where he came back this summer.
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Among the suspects, he claims to have recognized his older brother Mathias, himself a professional footballer and at the origin of a very shared video on Saturday where he promised to “big revelations” on Paul. The mother of the two players, Yeo Moriba, was also heard as a witness by the Oclo investigators, we learned Tuesday evening from a source close to the file confirming press information. No details have leaked out about his hearing.
For his part, Mathias Pogba published a new video on his Twitter account on Tuesday evening, accompanied by a chain of messages in which he accuses his brother and his supporters of having sought to “drag (your) name in the mud”. “Also, he adds, in his relentlessness to discredit anyone who knows his little secrets, Paul claims that the money he gave to his childhood friends was extorted, easy for the media to say, but what do we do if this money is justified by official and registered documents, and that there is evidence of a consented gesture!? It’s not the same, is it?”
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