UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING – Assault rifles, Mbappé marabouté, his brother in an armed group … the lunar Pogba affair

UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING – Assault rifles, Mbappé marabouté, his brother in an armed group … the lunar Pogba affair

This weekend, Paul Pogba found himself in spite of himself immersed in the heart of a dark history of extortion attempts in an organized gang since the publication of a virulent video of one of his brothers, Mathias, in which the latter promises “great revelations” about the midfielder of the France team. A case that has become legal over the disclosures, which even involve Kylian Mbappé.

• Who is Mathias Pogba?

Eldest of the siblings with his Florentine twin, Mathias Pogba, 32, is the big brother of Paul Pogba, 29. Professional footballer and Guinean international, Mathias scoured, during a less prestigious career than that of the French world champion, second or even third zone clubs: in France (Quimper, Tours), in Italy (Pescara), in England (Crewe Alexandra, Crawley Town), Spain (Manchego, Lorca, Murcia), the Netherlands (Sparta Rotterdam), Scotland (Partick Thistle), Slovenia (Tabor Sezana) and Wales (Wrexham).

The striker’s last experience was short in National 2 with ASM Belfort, with whom he only participated in 12 games between August 2021 and April 2022, hampered by injury. The one who is currently without a club had refused to play with the club’s B team in Regional 1, when he was no longer called up to the first team by his coach. He was a regular consultant for La Chaîne L’Equipe between December 2021 and May 2022.

Very close to Paul Pogba, whom he often had on the phone and whom he saw as soon as their respective schedules allowed with his Florentine twin, Mathias always seemed very present publicly alongside the youngest of the siblings. He was notably at his side during the 2018 World Cup or Euro 2021, bringing his good humor and his smile to the stands during the matches of the Blues.

• What does he blame his brother Paul for?

The relationship between Paul and Mathias could have deteriorated a few months ago, since the first was present in March at a gala evening organized by the second in the prestigious Shangri-La hotel, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. All smiles, the two brothers then made a joint appearance during this evening to launch the Golden Score association, created by Mathias Pogba, whose goal is to advise and help athletes prepare for their post-career. On Instagram, we can see a publication dated March 24 where Paul congratulates his brother for the launch of this association. A few days before their relationship takes a turn for the less conflicting.

In a text read in front of the camera and published on Saturday evening on TikTok – and in four languages, French, Italian, English and Spanish -, Mathias promises to make “great revelations” about his brother, as well as his agent, Rafaela Pimenta, “his lawyer, his friend, his confidante and who today is called the most powerful woman in football and that [son] brother calls his second mother”. These words left mysterious will not surprise the clan of Paul Pogba, who will react a few hours later.

• Why did the case take a legal turn?

In a joint statement, the lawyers of the “Pickaxe”, of Yeo Moriba (the mother of Paul and Mathias) and of Rafaela Pimenta will reveal that Paul Pogba was already the subject of “threats” and “extortion attempts in band organised”. And that “the competent authorities in Italy and France were seized a month ago”. This case between the Pogba brothers has therefore taken a legal turn. An investigation for “suspicions of extortion attempts” on the 2018 world champion was opened in France on August 3 with the services of the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ). The agency specifies that large sums of money would have been claimed from Paul Pogba in order to avoid the dissemination of allegedly compromising videos against him.

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Mathias is quick to react in a series of messages posted on Twitter (“I hope you will not be fooled by an attempt to manipulate the media and the authorities”), while France Info revealed at the same time other details on the Pogba affair. Interviewed by investigators, the current midfielder of Juventus Turin would have assured to have been intimidated several times by a gang of individuals, in particular composed of his brother Mathias and childhood friends, including two hooded men and armed with guns. by assault.

A sum of 13 million euros would have been claimed from him for “service rendered” in return for a supposed discreet protection having been assured to him for 13 years. The men even went so far as to wait for him last July at the Italian club’s training center. In addition, the tricolor international would have sent a friend he was hosting from his home after the latter stole 200,000 euros from him. via his bank card, he would have explained to the investigators.

• What is Mbappé doing in this story?

What if this whole affair had its origins in a dark story… of maraboutage? According to France Info, Mathias Pogba and the blackmailers had threatened Paul to discredit him by publishing audio messages in which he would have asked a marabout close to his family to cast a spell on his partner in the France team, Kylian Mbappé. According to our information, Paul Pogba denied this request for maraboutage to the investigators.

Mathias will formulate on Sunday evening new heavy accusations against his brother on Twitter (“It is not a question of money: you involved me despite myself, I almost died by your fault, you left me in the hole while fleeing and you want to play the innocent. When all is said, people will see that there is no more coward, more traitor and more hypocrite than you on this earth”).

Before apostrophizing, again, Mbappé. “Kylian, now do you understand? I have nothing negative against you, my words are for your good, everything is true and proven, the marabout is known! Sorry about this brother, a so-called Muslim thoroughly in the witchcraft, it is never good to have a hypocrite and a traitor near you!” While waiting for the ins and outs of the Pogba affair to become clearer, this soap opera only seems to be beginning.

Romain Daveau RMC Sport journalist

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