The Police has revealed that the elder brother of Paul Pogba and some four others are “likely to be charged” on Saturday in a controversial extortion case which had been targeting the French football star.
The accused are also due to appear before a judge later in the day, the sources had revealed.
Mathias Pogba, 32, has also admitted to being behind a bizarre video which had been published online on August 27 promising “great revelations” about the Juventus player and French national team member. The four others are all close to the Pogba brothers and are aged between 27 and 36.
It has also been reported that the five suspected blackmailers have been held in custody since Tuesday and Wednesday.
Paul Pogba had filed a complaint with Turin prosecutors on July 16, saying he was the target of a 13-million-euro blackmail plot.
According to sources close to the Pogba family contacted by AFP, large sums of money are being demanded from Paul Pogba if he wants to avoid the dissemination of allegedly compromising videos which were to be used to blackmail him, Paul Pogba had also revealed to investigators that his blackmailers wanted to discredit him by claiming he asked a marabout (holy man) to cast a spell on Paris Saint-Germain and France star Kylian Mbappe, which Pogba denies.
French prosecutors launched an investigation on September 2. It is being handled jointly by the French police’s anti-gang and central crime units. Several people, including Pogba’s mother, have already been interviewed by police, a judiciary source told AFP.
On the field, Pogba’s hopes of playing for France at the World Cup in Qatar later this year hang in the balance after a knee injury. He had surgery that was described as “successful” earlier this month.