New twist in Pogba’s extortion probe, with videos of his brother

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PARIS (AP) – A police investigation into allegations that French football star Paul Pogba was targeted by the extortionists took a bizarre new turn on Friday with one of the suspects, his older brother Mathias, releasing a long series of videos targeting the 2018 World Cup winner, his entourage and his wealthy lifestyle.

More than 30 videos of Mathias Pogba reading a multi-page statement to the camera have been posted on Twitter.

It was unclear exactly when the videos were filmed. But that may have been before Mathias Pogba surrendered for police questioning last week. He has since been taken into custody. Recording the videos appears to have been a time-consuming exercise, as he wore three different t-shirts.

“If you watch this video, it will be because my brother Paul Pogba found a way to shut me up,” Mathias Pogba said in the series premiere. “I’m recording this video so that whatever happens will be revealed.”

The words “insurance video, kept in a safe place” were written above many videos. They followed up on previous social media posts where Mathias Pogba threatened to make explosive revelations about his brother, who plays for Juventus.

Mathias Pogba and four others were charged last Saturday and jailed in the extortion probe, French prosecutors said.

In the latest set of recordings, Mathias Pogba accused his multi-millionaire brother of abandoning family members, leaving them destitute. He also claimed that the midfielder mixed with criminals and he reiterated that Paul Pogba employed a wizard.

The videos were also accompanied by a series of Twitter posts and a statement addressed to Paul Pogba. The first post in the long thread said it was auto-sent by “my bot”.

“It also means I am no longer free,” the post read.

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