Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias faces racketeering charges

A FORMER Crawley Town player has been charged and jailed over an alleged conspiracy to extort money from his brother Paul Pogba.

Mathias Pogba, 32, was officially investigated along with four other people for extortion and criminal association, judicial sources told Reuters and Agence France-Presse news agencies.

He made 17 appearances for Crawley Town in 2015, scoring twice.

Paul Pogba, 29, has been said to have been the target of extortion by childhood friends since March and paid the group £85,000 in the spring, justice sources told Reuters this month.

The Argus: Mathias Pogba signs with Crawley Town in 2015Mathias Pogba signed for Crawley Town in 2015

The Juventus midfielder filed a complaint with Torino prosecutors on July 16 claiming he was the target of a €13million (£11.4million) blackmail scheme.

Paris prosecutors launched an investigation into the allegations last month.

Mathias Pogba has denied taking part in blackmail attempts against his brother. Mathias Pogba’s lawyer, Richard Arbib, said in a statement last week that his client wanted “more than anything” to ease the situation with his brother.

The case became public after Mathias Pogba threatened to share “explosive revelations” about his brother and France star Kylian Mbappe.

The Argus: Paul Pogba left Manchester United this summer. Picture by PAPaul Pogba left Manchester United this summer. Picture by PA

Paul Pogba won the 2018 World Cup with France.

He left Manchester United for Juventus on a free transfer this summer.

Older brother Mathias Pogba has played for a variety of clubs in England and Scotland, most recently playing in the fourth division of French football for ASM Belfort. Paul Pogba’s brother Mathias faces racketeering charges

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