Pogba ‘under police protection after threats and blackmail attempts towards him’

Paul Pogba is under police protection in Turin amid an ongoing investigation into an alleged extortion attempt against him, according to reports in France.

Five men have been charged in relation to the case, including Pogba's older brother Mathias, with the criminal group said to have demanded up to £11.3m (€13m) from the Juventus midfielder.

According to Le Parisien, a sizeable police presence has been placed around the former Premier League star and is expected to remain in place for the foreseeable future.

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The shocking situation first gathered widespread attention when Mathias threatening to reveal private information about his brother and France teammate Kylian Mbappe in a social media post last month.

In response, a statement was issued on behalf of the former Manchester United star, 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."

Pogba told police he was held at gunpoint by the gang – which includes not only his brother, but also childhood friends of his – who demanded millions from him for years of unpaid 'protection services'.

Four members of the group were taken into police custody last week, where they were questioned by French investigators, with Mathias reportedly handing himself in.

On the pitch, Pogba is currently sidelined after undergoing knee surgery though is hoping to get back to fitness in time for the World Cup in November.

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