Paul Pogba’s brother, Mathias, has hit back at the Juventus midfielder, accusing him of ‘witchcraft’ and putting the family in danger.
Mathias also claimed that reports about an € 11 million extortion are false.
Franceinfo news outlet, which has seen police files on the case, said on Tuesday that Paul was initially told to hand over £13m (€11m) by the armed men, who were wearing hoods and branding M-16 assault rifles.
This was ‘protection money’ covering €1m (£860,000) a year from the age of 16 when he first became a professional footballer.
But in a ferocious response to the latest updates on the case, Mathias has called out Paul’s ‘witchcraft’ and claims ‘because of fame and money’ his brother ‘has long since lost his notion of reality’.
“All of Paul’s statements, from the hearing at the start of August – before my videos – to the response from his lawyers and the responses from his supporters, are only intended to drag my name through the mud,” Mathias Pogba said in his latest TikTok video.
“So I’m asking myself: why rush to affirm that what I had to say concerned just witchcraft?
“Because it would be difficult to talk about the so-called blackmail in this case? So wouldn’t it be better to hammer home that the big brother is just a jealous, money-grabbing person, ready to do anything to discredit before he speaks? Isn’t that what all false accounts in my name are all about? No, we don’t accept conspiracies here!”
However, Paul Pogba has denied all allegations of witchcraft, with one claim in this case that he had asked a witch doctor to cast a spell on Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.
Mathias, however, has continued to double down.
“The only path to survival that I have is to unveil his lies and his deception,” he added.
“That’s why I confirmed his witchcraft because what matters here is not whether it works or whether you believe me or not; it is that it is malicious because these practices expect that you do bad things for their rituals with the will to harm.
“To finish, just be a bit patient, the unveiling of the lies and my own version of the facts is coming!!!”
Meanwhile, Mbappe has found himself caught up in the ongoing investigation into the attempted blackmail on Pogba.
His manager, Christophe Galtier, recently revealed how Mbappe reacted to allegations that Pogba asked a witch doctor to cast a spell on him.