Pogba called ‘coward, traitor, hypocrite’ by brother after blackmail allegations

Paul Pogba has been branded a "coward, traitor and hypocrite" by his own brother after the former Manchester United star accused his sibling of blackmail.

Mathias Pogba, 32, has hit back after the French World Cup winner, 29, told police he was held hostage by two gunmen as part of an £11million extortion plot orchestrated by his brother and some of his childhood pals. Juventus midfielder Pogba claims that the gang wanted money for "protection services" dating back to 2009.

Now Mathias, who used to play for Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra and Crawley Town in the English lower leagues, has hit back at his brother in an extraordinary social media.

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"My little brother is finally starting to show his true face," he wrote. "Since it was he who started talking, to lie to the police and who brought out the information, you can’t blame me.

"Paul, you really wanted to shut me up completely, to lie and send me to prison, I suspected it. Now it’s true, my version of the facts actually happened and, unlike you, I have enough to prove my words and your lies.

"I’ll tell you again: brother, manipulating people is not good! It’s not about money: you implicated me in spite of myself, I almost died because of you, you left me in a hole and you want to play the innocent one. When everything is said, people will see that there is no bigger coward, bigger traitor and bigger hypocrite than you on this earth."

French police have opened an investigation into Paul Pogba's claims of blackmail as part of a multi-million pound "group-organised extortion attempt".

Mathias appeared to threaten to reveal private information about his brother in a social media post on Sunday evening. In response, a statement was issued on behalf of the former Manchester United footballer, his mother Yeo Moriba, and his lawyer Rafaela Pimenta, which read: "Mathias Pogba's recent statements on social media are unfortunately no surprise. They are in addition to threats and group-organised extortion attempts against Paul Pogba.

"The relevant authorities in Italy and France were contacted a month ago and there will be no further comments in relation to the ongoing investigation."

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