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Paul Pogba’s brother in custody over £11m extortion attempt

Paul Pogba’s brother has been placed under formal investigation after he claimed that he was part a gang that tried to extort millions of dollars from the footballer.

According to Reuters, Mathias Pogba has been arrested on suspicion of “gang-based extortion” and “participation in a criminal organization”.

Four other people, who appeared before Mathias Pogba in front of a judge Saturday, were also subject to formal investigation. Three of them were detained.

Mathias denied the accusations against him in social media statements.

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Image: Mathias Pogba (left), Paul Pogba (right) and Florentin Pogba at the MTV European Music Awards 2017. Pic courtesy of AP

Prosecutors in France started investigating claims that Paul Pogba (who won the 2018 World Cup with France) was the victim of extortion organized by a group that also included his brother and childhood buddies.

The midfielders were allegedly made to pay EUR13m (PS11m), and they intimidated him repeatedly, claiming that he didn’t support them after he was an international footballer.

According to an official familiar with the investigation, Pogba told the Associated Press that he had already paid EUR100,000. (PS86.800) to the group.

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The Juventus star’s brother said that he planned to make “great revelations” which would make teammates and fans see him differently.

Mathias Pogba promised in a social media video that he would reveal “very important” information about Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe, as well as “integrity” questions regarding Pogba’s agent Rafaela Pimenta.

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