Paul Pogba claims he is being threatened by gangsters trying to extort him.
French police have opened an investigation into the footballer’s allegations, according to the AFP news agency.
It comes after the Juventus star’s brother claimed he plans to make ‘big reveals’ which will make fans and team-mates look at him in a different light.
Mathias Pogba’s social networks video also promised to reveal ‘very important things’ about Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe – as well as ‘integrity’ questions regarding Pogba’s agent Rafaela Pimenta.
He said: “I believe that the French, Italian and English public, my brother’s fans, and more – the France team, the Juventus team, my brother’s teammates and his sponsors, deserve to know certain things in order to make an informed assessment. decide if he deserves the admiration, respect and love of the public.”
Posting the clip in four languages, Mathias Pogba – who played for Crawley Town and Partick Thistle – says his motives will be revealed in time and his allegations are “explosive”.
In a statement, Paul Pogba’s lawyers, mother and agent said: “Mathias Pogba’s recent statements on social media unfortunately come as no surprise. They come after threats and attempted extortion by an organized gang against Paul Pogba.
“The competent bodies in Italy and France were informed a month ago and there will be no further comments regarding the ongoing investigation.”
Responding to the statement on Sunday evening, Mathias Pogba posted a flurry of tweets with more unsubstantiated claims – and wrote in French that “people will see that there is no more coward, more traitor and more hypocritical than you on this earth”.
Pogba is currently out with injury at Juventus but is expected to return soon and be part of the France squad at this winter’s World Cup in Qatar. He previously played for Manchester United.