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Paul Pogba's brother Mathias charged and detained over alleged extortion attempt

4:22 AM EDT 9/18/22
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Mathias Pogba has been placed under formal investigation by French authorities over an alleged extortion plot against his brother, Paul.
  • Mathias charged over extortion plot
  • Three others detained alongside him
  • Lawyer confirms intention to appeal

WHAT HAPPENED: Paul Pogba's brother, Mathias, has been charged and detained over an alleged plot to extort money from the Juventus midfielder. News agencies Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP) have been informed by judicial sources that four other people have been placed under formal investigation for extortion and participation in a criminal association, with three ordered to be detained alongside Mathias.

WHAT THEY SAID: Mathias Pogba's Lawyer, Yassine Bouzrou insists his client is innocent. "We are going to challenge this decision," he told French Broadcaster BFMTV.

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Mathias Pogba was behind a video which promised to reveal "explosive" information about his younger brother. He was initially taken into police custody on September 14 and has now been charged.

AND WHAT'S MORE: The saga is threatening to impact France's World Cup preparations as Hugo Lloris revealed there is a "negative" feeling around the squad leading into the international break.

WHAT NEXT FOR PAUL POGBA? Pogba faces a race against time to be fit for the Qatar tournament after suffering a knee injury which required surgery.