PARIS (AP) — Police investigating allegations of targeting French soccer star Paul Pogba extortionist A strange new twist came on Friday with the release of a long series of videos by one of the suspects, his older brother Matthias, targeting the 2018 World Cup winner, his entourage and lavish lifestyle.
More than 30 videos of Mathias Pogba reading a multi-page statement to the camera face to face on Twitter.
It was not clear exactly when the videos were filmed. But that could be before Mathias Pogba turned himself in for police questioning last week. He has reportedly been in custody since then.
His attorney did not immediately respond to several questions from The Associated Press.
It looks like recording the videos was a time-consuming exercise, as Mathias Pogba wore three different t-shirts.
“If you’re watching this video, it’s because my brother Paul Pogba has found a way to silence me,” Mathias Pogba claimed in the first part of the series. “I record this video so that whatever happens, everything comes out.”
Many of the videos had the words “Insurance video, held in a secure location” written on top. They followed previous social media posts where Mathias Pogba threatened to make explosive revelations about his brother, who plays for Juventus after leaving Manchester United.
French prosecutors said Mathias Pogba and four others were handed preliminary charges last Saturday and jailed in an extortion investigation.
In the latest series of recordings, Mathias Pogba accused his millionaire brother of abandoning his family members, leaving them in poverty.
He also claimed the midfielder mixed up with criminals and repeated the claim that Paul Pogba employed a witch doctor. He did not bring any evidence to substantiate his allegations.
According to Mathias Pogba’s latest claims, the witch doctor is close to former France international Alou Deira, and Paul Pogba was introduced by former PSG defender Serge Aurier.
They said the France midfielder had paid millions of euros over the years for the services of a witch doctor, asking them, for example, to help France win the 2018 World Cup or cast spells on rival footballers. .
Mathias Pogba previously said his brother targeted Kylian Mbappé without being more specific. In his latest videos, he claimed that Paul Pogba asked Mbappé to “neutralize” the return of the Champions League match between PSG and Manchester United in 2019. United won the game 3–1 to progress to the quarter-finals. .
The videos were accompanied by a series of Twitter posts and a statement in Paul Pogba’s name. The first post in the long thread said it was sent automatically by “my bot”.
“It also means I’m no longer free,” the message read.
Mathias Pogba said his life is now in danger because his brother has “betrayed his followers”, who in turn are targeting his entourage. Mathias Pogba said some of his relatives “have already been att*cked and shot” because of his brother. .
The Paris prosecutor’s office last month opened an investigation into allegations that Paul Pogba – who scored one of France’s goals in the 2018 World Cup final – was bribed 13 million euros ($13 million) by his brother and childhood friends. million) was the target of an extortion plot demanding Rs. He has been denied involvement in the scheme by Mathias Pogba.
According to RTL, which cited a police investigation report, the group of people took advantage of the player’s money for years, for example by taking advantage of the investment of millions of euros in a burger restaurant. RTL said that when Paul Pogba decided to withhold the money, they started threatening him and demanded 13 million euros.
Mathias Pogba had a modest soccer career as a forward with lower-tier teams in England and other European countries.
Petrican reported from Brussels.
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