Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias arrested over alleged role in plot to kidnap ex-Manchester United player and extort him for £11.2million

    Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias has been arrested over an alleged plot to blackmail the Juventus midfielder.

    According to multiple reports, Mathias Pogba was detained by police in Paris after being called for questioning over an alleged role in kidnapping his brother and trying to extort him for £11.2million.

    Paul and brother Mathias were once close but it appears this is no longer the case

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    Paul and brother Mathias were once close but it appears this is no longer the case

    Three other unnamed men were also taken into custody as part of French authorities’ investigation into ‘extortion with a weapon as an organised gang, abduction or kidnapping… to prepare or facilitate… a crime and belonging to a criminal gang’.

    Ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and his lawyer Rafaela Pimenta filed a criminal lawsuit in August, claiming a group of men had been blackmailing him to pay them £11.2m for historic protection.

    The 29-year-old alleged the group included friends from his boyhood home in the Paris suburbs and his brother.

    Paul Pogba said he was taken to a flat in Lagny-sur-Marne in March and forced to hand over €100,000.

    He also claimed acts of intimidation were carried out in Manchester in April and later around the Italian city of Turin following his summer transfer to Juventus.

    The situation emerged after Mathias Pogba made a statement on social media which promised ‘explosive information’ that could ‘affect his sibling’s popularity around the world’.

    Paul Pogba has suggested his brother is being influenced by other people

    Paul Pogba has suggested his brother is being influenced by other people

    The former Wrexham player has publicly denied the claims about his involvement in the alleged extortion.

    He recently said: “Paul, you really wanted to shut me up completely to lie and send me to prison, I suspected it now it’s true, my version of the facts happens and unlike you.”

    Last week, Matihas Pogba’s lawyer Richard Arbib insisted his client had ‘nothing to do’ with an extortion plot and put the family feud down to ‘external threats’.

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