September 18, (THEWILL) – In connection with the alleged extortion of Paul Pogba, the France and Juventus midfielder, his brother, Mathias, has been charged and placed in custody.
Allegations that Paul was the subject of an extortion attempt by his brother and boyhood acquaintances demanding a €13 million payment, prompted the opening of an investigation last month, as THEWILL previously reported.
After his contract with French fourth-tier club, Belfort, expired in April, Mathias became a free agent and in a video shared on social media, he threatened to share “explosive revelations” about Paul. But, the 32-year-old denies participating in attempts to extort his brother.
However, it was revealed on Saturday, that he and four other people have been charged and are currently being detained, while awaiting the judge’s decision on bail. The attorney for Mathias stated that his client plans to challenge the ruling.
The lawyer said: “It’s a decision we do not understand especially because the courts have recognised Mr Pogba did not participate in the acts of kidnapping, which his brother was allegedly the victim of. Mr Pogba could perfectly have and should have been released during this judicial investigation. So that will not stop there, we will challenge this decision from a legal point of view so that Mr Pogba can be released as soon as possible.”