The recent news surrounding French football star Paul Pogba has been nothing short of dramatic. From his temporary suspension due to alleged doping suspicions to his return to France to face legal proceedings, the Juventus midfielder has found himself at the center of attention once again. On Friday, September 15th, Pogba, along with six other suspects, is set to appear before French judges Judith Allenbach and Aurore Mathieu at the Paris judicial tribunal. They will be addressing the charges of extortion and kidnapping that Pogba endured during the night of March 19th, 2022, in an apartment in Montévrain, Seine-et-Marne.
This highly anticipated court appearance was initially scheduled for August 31st but was postponed at the request of the 30-year-old footballer, who has earned an impressive 91 caps for the French national team. Among the six individuals facing charges is Pogba’s older brother, Mathias, who is 33 years old. It is worth noting that most of the suspects in this case are childhood friends of Paul Pogba.
The judges have taken the decision to confront all parties involved in order to establish a clear understanding of the events that transpired. To provide some context, five of the suspects have been indicted on charges of “extortion with organized armed gang,” “organized kidnapping,” and “participation in a criminal organization.” The sixth suspect has been indicted on charges of “extortion by an organized gang” and “participation in a criminal organization.” The five suspects were placed in custody after their indictment on September 17th, 2022, while the sixth suspect was detained in March of the same year. Since then, four of them, including Mathias Pogba, have been released.
The incident in question involved two masked individuals armed with long weapons who threatened the 2018 World Cup champion in his Montévrain residence. They demanded a staggering 13 million euros as payment for a supposed “protection” that Pogba had allegedly received since the beginning of his professional career.
As the legal proceedings unfold, the world watches eagerly to see how this complex case will develop. The outcome of this trial will undoubtedly have significant implications for both Paul Pogba and the individuals involved. It is crucial to remember that, at this stage, these are mere allegations, and the presumption of innocence must be upheld until proven otherwise.