French national football team and Juventus club Paul Pogba denounced on Sunday “threats” and “extortion attempts by an organized gang” against him after his older brother Matthias promised to “solve big cases”.
The 2018 world champion reacted a day after a video was posted on social media in which Matias, 32, said he would reveal “big things” about Paul.
“Recent statements by Matthias Pogba on social media are, unfortunately, not surprising. They are added to the threats and extortion attempts by the organized gang against Paul Pogba,” the lawyers for Paul Pogba, his mother Yo Moriba and his agent Rafaela Pimenta said in a statement.
“The competent authorities in Italy and France were notified a month ago and there will be no further comment regarding the ongoing investigation,” they added.
In a video clip posted on social media in four languages (French, Italian, English and Spanish), Matias Pogba, who is also a professional footballer, announced on Saturday that “important facts about his brother Paul Pogba and his agent Rafaela Pimenta have been revealed.” who succeeded the late Mino Raiola.
Paul’s brother emphasized that “the whole world, Juventus and sponsors deserve to know certain things, to make a decision based on facts, to see if Paul really deserves recognition, respect, his place in the French team, the honor of playing in World Cup, to be indispensable at Juventus and if he is a reliable person.”
He concluded that “these could all constitute loud surprises” without further details on the nature of what he would reveal.
According to sources close to the Pogba family, Paul must pay a large sum of money if he wants to avoid the release of the alleged videos.
Paul Pogba, 29, who returned to Juventus this summer after six seasons at Manchester United, is currently out of action after recovering from a right knee injury and is due to resume competition in mid-September.