In mid-July, French international Paul Pogba filed a complaint with the police in Turin for extortion. Now investigators are arresting several men. Among them is the brother of the Juventus pro.
In the blackmail scandal involving football world champion Paul Pogba, the French police have taken his older brother and four other suspects into custody. 32-year-old Mathias Pogba surrendered on Wednesday and was taken into custody, according to investigators. The other four suspects are friends or acquaintances of the Pogba brothers.
However, the nature of the announced revelations remained open. Paul Pogba responded the following day with a statement from his lawyers. His brother's statements were "not a surprise," it said. "They stand in line with previous threats and attempts at blackmail."
According to French broadcaster France Info, Paul Pogba told police that his brother and previous friends had been trying to blackmail him for some time. They would have asked for 13 million euros in return for unspecified "favours". There had been several attempts at intimidation, once with two masked and armed men.
At the beginning of September, the Paris public prosecutor's office launched an investigation into the case. Specifically, it is about the suspicion of armed extortion, extortion in an organized gang and involvement in a criminal organization. Mathias Pogba's lawyer, Yassine Bouzrou, said on Wednesday his client had turned himself in to the police for a statement. He "emphatically" rejects the allegation of involvement in his brother's blackmail.