According to his attorney, Mathias Pogba rejects any involvement in the extortion allegations made by his World Cup-winning footballer brother Paul that are the focus of an inquiry.
After posting a strange video online on August 27 in four languages (French, Italian, English, and Spanish), Mathias Pogba denied it in a statement released by his attorney, Richard Arbib. The unusual film promised “major revelations” regarding the Juventus player.
According to Paul Pogba, his brother was a target of a multi-million euro gangster blackmail scheme.
Large sums of money are being requested from Paul Pogba if he wants to stop the distribution of supposedly incriminating films, according to two family-friendly individuals who spoke with AFP.
But Mathias is sure that he is completely blameless.
“Taking into account how the affair has evolved and the huge media attention surrounding it, Mathias Pogba strongly insists he knows nothing about any extortion attempt against his brother, Paul Pogba,” read the statement.
“It is clear that the difficulties the Pogba family are experiencing are the result of outside threats which the justice authorities, who are already involved, will evaluate.
“Mathias Pogba, who wishes above all to calm the situation with his brother, will from now on only speak with the investigating magistrates, should it be necessary.”
It was revealed last week that two investigating magistrates had been chosen to oversee the investigation.
Based on the results of a preliminary investigation that was started last month, they will look into charges of blackmail by an armed gang, kidnapping, and participation in a criminal conspiracy that currently involve unidentified persons.
The anti-gang and central crime units of the French police work together on the inquiry.
Police have previously questioned a number of persons, including Pogba’s mother, a judiciary source told AFP.