The brother of former Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been imprisoned and “placed under formal investigation” over claims he was a part of a gang who tried to extort tens of millions from the footballer.
Mathias Pogba is being investigated on suspicion of “gang-based extortion and participation in a criminal association”, a judicial supply has informed Reuters.
Four different individuals who appeared with Mathias Pogba earlier than a choose on Saturday had been additionally put underneath formal investigation. Three had been ordered to be detained.
Mathias has denied the allegations towards him in statements posted on social media.
Last month, prosecutors in France started investigating allegations that Paul Pogba, who received 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 help them after he turned a world footballer.
An official near the investigation informed the Associated 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 “great revelations” that may make followers and teammates have a look at him in a unique gentle.
Mathias Pogba’s social media video additionally promised to disclose “very important things” about Paris Saint-Germain celebrity Kylian Mbappe – in addition to questions of “integrity” concerning Pogba’s agent Rafaela Pimenta.