Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias has claimed he almost died as a result of his famous brother’s actions in a series of social media posts in which he stepped up threats to make revelations about the France international’s private life.
Meanwhile, Paul’s allegations that he was actually taken hostage in Paris in March and threatened with an attempted extortion are being investigated by French police agency OCLCO. French media reported that during a visit to his old neighborhood in east Paris in March, 29-year-old Pogba was taken hostage by a gang that included childhood friends and ordered to pay 13 million euros.
Mathias, 32, one of the twins, who are Pogba’s older siblings, followed up on the initial threats he made in a video released Saturday night with a series of tweets late Sunday making serious, baseless allegations about his famous man’s behaviour younger brother raised . The couple grew up alongside Mathias’ twin Florentin in the east Parisian suburb of Roissy-en-Brie, near the alleged kidnapping and extortion attempt when Pogba was back on international duty in the city.
In his tweets, Mathias claimed that his falling out with his brother was not “a question of money”. He posted in French: “Because of you I almost died. You escaped and left me in a hole and you want to play the innocent. When all is said, people will see that there is no greater coward, traitor and hypocrite on earth than you.”
A former professional footballer with Wrexham, Crewe Alexander, Partick Thistle and Sparta Rotterdam, among others, Mathias was also an international for Guinea – the country from which her late father Fassou emigrated to Paris. In his video on Saturday, Mathias threatened revelations about Pogba, his French team-mate Kylian Mbappé and his brother’s agent, Italian lawyer Rafaela Pimenta.
In another tweet on Sunday to his younger brother, Mathias claimed: “Paul you really wanted to shut me up completely, lie and send me to jail. I suspected it, but now it’s true. My version of the facts is confirmed, and unlike you, I have enough to prove my words and your lies. I’ll tell you again: brother, manipulating people is not right!”
Mathias claimed Paul “lied to the police,” although he didn’t say exactly what. He also claimed that Paul refused to admit to Italian police that he knew a cousin the brothers grew up with. It has been claimed in French media that the harassment of Pogba, which is the subject of his complaint to French authorities, started in Paris in March, also took place in Manchester and then in Turin following his move to Juventus this summer.
Paul Pogba dismissed Mathias’ original allegations in a statement released by lawyers and signed by Pimenta and his mother Yeo, calling the threats to disclose private information “unfortunately no surprise”. It added: “They come after threats and extortion attempts by an organized gang against Paul Pogba.”
It has been claimed Pogba asked a childhood friend of his to leave his home in Cheshire this year after he accused him of stealing around €200,000 on a credit card belonging to the footballer.