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Paul Pogba dismisses his brother’s claims amid French police extortion probe

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Paul Pogba of Juventus looks on prior to the Serie A match between Juventus and AS Roma at Allianz Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Paul Pogba of Juventus looks on prior to the Serie A match between Juventus and AS Roma at Allianz Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Paul Pogba of Juventus looks on prior to the Serie A match between Juventus and AS Roma at Allianz Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Paul Pogba’s brother, Mathias, has claimed he almost died as a consequence of his brother’s actions, in a series of social media posts in which he has ramped up the threats to make revelations about the France international’s private life.

In the meantime, Paul’s allegations that he was effectively taken hostage and threatened in an attempted extortion in Paris in March are being investigated by the French police’s counter-organised crime agency.

French media reported that during a visit to his old neighbourhood in eastern Paris in March, Paul (29) was taken hostage by a gang that included his childhood friends and told to pay €13m. Mathias (32) followed up the original threats he made in a video posted on Saturday night with a series of tweets late on Sunday in which he made serious unsubstantiated allegations about the conduct of his famous brother.

The pair grew up together, along with Mathias’s twin Florentin, in the suburb of Roissy-en-Brie, near to where the alleged kidnap and extortion attempt took place when Paul was back in the city on international duty.

In his tweets, Mathias posted in French: “Because of you, I almost died. You fled and left me in a hole, and you want to play the innocent. People will see that there is no greater coward, traitor and hypocrite on earth than you.”

Mathias, a former professional footballer at Wrexham and Crewe among others, was an international for Guinea. In his video, Mathias threatened revelations about Paul, his France team-mate Kylian Mbappe and his brother’s agent, the Italian lawyer Rafaela Pimenta.

In another tweet on Sunday, Mathias alleged: “Paul, you really wanted to shut me up completely, to lie and to send me to prison.”

Mathias alleged that Paul had “lied to the police” although he was not specific about what. It has been alleged in the French media that the harassment of Paul that is the subject of his complaint to French authorities, beginning in Paris in March, also took place in Manchester and then Turin after the midfielder’s move to Juventus in July.

Paul dismissed the allegations from Mathias in a statement released through lawyers and signed by his mother Yeo and Pimenta which described the threats to disclose private information as “unfortunately not a surprise.” It added: “They are coming after threats and attempts of extortion by an organised gang against Paul Pogba.”

It has been claimed Paul asked a childhood friend to leave his home in Cheshire this year, having blamed him for stealing around €200,000 on a credit card belonging to the player. 

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