Mathias Pogba has been tried in connection with the alleged extortion attempt against his brother, former Manchester United footballer Paul Pogba, according to a report from France.
According to BFMTV, a French news outlet, Mathias Pogba has been released from police custody and he was due to appear in court in Paris on Friday night.
Four people were taken into police custody on Tuesday and Wednesday in connection with an alleged extortion attempt against Paul Pogba, who currently plays for Juventus.
Mathias, one of the four people questioned by the authorities, reportedly presented himself to investigators and was taken into police custody.
Paul Pogba had claimed his brother and “childhood friends” were part of a group that targeted him in Turin, demanding £11million (€13million) for “protection services” over 13 years.
Paul Pogba made 157 appearances for Manchester United over two terms as a senior player and spent the final stages of his youth career at Old Trafford.
The 2018 world champions joined Juventus this summer after his contract in Manchester expired, signing a four-year deal with the Serie A club.
Paul Pogba claimed the gang’s threats were carried out in Paris in March while he was on international duty when he reportedly paid the group £85,000 (€100,000) to ‘save time’ after she threatened him with it had.
However, further intimidation tactics are said to have taken place in Manchester in April and more recently in Turin, where Juventus play their home games and train.
Mathias Pogba, 32, is also a footballer who has had spells in British football at Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra, Crawley Town and Partick Thistle.
Mathias has previously insisted he was “completely unfamiliar” with any attempt at blackmail against his brother, according to claims made public through his lawyer Richard Arbib.
The case became public after Mathias threatened to share “major revelations” about his brother and Paul’s international team-mate Kylian Mbappe.
There was a claim that Paul Pogba used a witch doctor to put a spell on 23-year-old Mbappe, which the Juventus star denies, saying it was fabricated to discredit him.
Paul Pogba will miss two months of playing time for Juventus after undergoing knee surgery, putting his World Cup hopes in jeopardy.