The investigations into the extortion denounced by Paul Pogba were entrusted on Friday to two investigating judges of the Paris court, announced the Paris prosecutor Laure Beccuau in a press release.
Judicial investigation opened for extortion, kidnapping or sequestration
“Following the initial investigations, the Paris public prosecutor’s office today opened a judicial investigation against X counts of extortion with a weapon in an organized gang, kidnapping or kidnapping with release before the seventh day in an organized gang to prepare or facilitate the commission of a felony or misdemeanor and participation in a criminal association with a view to committing a crime”said Laure Beccuau.
Following a complaint filed by Paul Pogba on July 16 with the Turin public prosecutor’s office, a preliminary investigation was opened by the Paris public prosecutor’s office on August 3. “counts of organized gang extortion and attempted organized gang extortion and participation in a criminal conspiracy to commit a crime”, says the prosecutor. This investigation focused “on various facts of which Mr. Pogba would have been the victim between March and July 2022”according to the press release.
The player, at the heart of an incredible affair which shakes the world of French football two and a half months before the World Cup in Qatar, reported extortion attempts amounting to millions of euros. The investigation was entrusted to the Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime (OCLCO) of the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ).
Pogba denies having used a marabout against Mbappé
According to a source familiar with the matter, in addition to Paul Pogba, several people were heard, including the player’s mother. In this case, the name of French football star Kylian Mbappé also appears, reluctantly: Paul Pogba explained to investigators that “His blackmailers wanted to discredit him by broadcasting messages in which he allegedly asked a marabout from his family circle to cast a spell” to the PSG striker, which the Juve player denies.
According to press information confirmed to AFP by a source familiar with the matter, Paul Pogba told investigators that he had been intimidated several times in Manchester, his ex-club, and up to the Juventus training center, where he came back this summer. Among the suspects, he claims to have recognized his older brother Mathias, himself a professional footballer.