Just as it appeared that Paul Pogba had found peace at his new home in Juventus, off-field issues began to bother him, especially when it came to his brother Mathias.
In the last days of August, Mathias Pogba accused his brother Paul of using witchcraft services to cast a spell on Kylian Mbappé, his teammate on the French national team. Mathias' alleged revelation caused rumblings in the world of football and in Paul Pogba's close circle.
“Hahahaha, what I expected to happen has happened: my little brother is finally starting to show his true face. Since it was he who started talking, to lie to the police and who brought out the information, you can’t blame me. 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 actually happened and unlike you, I have enough to prove my words and your lies. I’ll tell you again: brother, manipulating people is not good! It’s not about money: You implicated me in spite of myself, I almost died because of you, you left me in a hole and you want to play the innocent one. When everything is said people will see that there is no bigger coward, bigger traitor and bigger hypocrite than you on this earth. Kylian, now do you understand? I have no negative feeling towards you, my words are for your good, everything is true and proven, the witch-doctor is known! Sorry about this brother, a so-called Muslim deep in witchcraft, it’s never good to have a hypocrite and a traitor near you!”, stated Mathias Pogba.
Under the circumstances, Paul Pogba went to the authorities to explain what had happened, claiming that it was all about a case of extortion by an organized gang. He clarified that a few months ago, he and his mother were caught by some childhood friends and two hooded men with assault rifles in Paris. The gang demanded 13 million euros for an operation in which his brother Mathias was allegedly involved. He claims to have paid 100,000 euros.
According to RMC Sport the extortion reported by Paul Pogba took place in March, a few hours before a France national team meeting in Clairefontaine, "Les Bleus" training ground.
A preliminary investigation was opened a month ago in Paris, initiated following a complaint filed by Paul Pogba on July 16 with the Turin prosecutor’s office. The investigations have been entrusted to two investigating magistrates, announced Friday by the Paris prosecutor, Laure Beccuau, in a press release.
In recent days, France Info has reported that Paul Pogba has admitted to police that he used the services of a witchdoctor to help a charity in Africa that supports children, not to cast a curse on Kylian Mbappé.
Former French national team teammate Samir Nasri had something to say: "Paul Pogba is a contradiction. He is a Muslim.", Nasri said on Canal Plus. "If you have to protect yourself from something, you rely on God, not a witch-doctor."
Although nothing is certain and everything is pure speculation, the situation may leave Paul Pogba out of the World Cup. Didier Deschamps, coach of the French national team, has already expelled Karim Benzema for an alleged case of extortion against his teammate Mathieu Valbuena, which was never confirmed. Benzema is now back in the team, but he missed the chance to be a world champion in 2018.
In a situation between two teammates, Pogba and Mbappé, we know that for Deschamps, the most important thing is harmony in the dressing room, and he does not hesitate to make tough decisions. The situation is complicated by the fact that Pogba is known to be one of the team's leaders.
The president of the French Football Federation, Noël Le Graët, reiterated his support for the French midfielder. However, we will have to wait for the scenario to become clearer.
"Nobody has gone to court for the time being, to the best of my knowledge"., Le Graët said to RMC. "At this stage it’s only rumours. I love Paul. I hope it doesn’t call into question his place in the France team.
This Monday, Kylian Mbappé spoke out on the subject at a press conference, showing his support for Paul Pogba: "Today I prefer to believe the word of my teammate. It is his word against the word of his brother, I am going to believe my teammate. It’s not a time to put more onto him. I’m pretty detached from it all.”