Mathias Pogba has made a number of new allegations against his brother Paul Pogbaincluding a bizarre claim that the France International used a witch doctor to summon “butterflies” in the Euro 2016 final.
It’s not clear when the videos were filmed, but it may have been before Mathias surrendered for questioning earlier this month after French police opened an investigation into the alleged extortion attempt.
In the videos, Mathias repeated his claims that Paul used a witch doctor for a number of years during his career.
He said Paul became a supporter of a witch doctor close to his former French team-mate Alou Diarra after being introduced by Nottingham Forest full-back Serge Aurier, as reported by Get French Football News.
SPORTbible have reached out to both Paul Pogba and Serge Aurier for comment.
He claims Paul paid the witch doctor a bi-monthly fee of between €75,000 and €100,000.
He also reiterated his claim that Paul used the witch doctor to curse opposing teams and even his own teammates, including Kylian Mbappe.
Mathias said Paul asked the medicine man to help him win important matches including the Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal – “where strange things happened, like the swarm of butterflies before the game”.
The game, eventually won by Portugal in extra time, was interrupted by a swarm of moths drawn into the Stade de France by the stadium’s floodlights.
Earlier this month, French prosecutors launched an investigation after Paul told them he was the target of a €13million (£11.3million) extortion scheme by an armed gang that included his sibling.
“The whole world as well as my brother’s fans and even more so the French team and Juventus, my brother’s teammates and his sponsors deserve to know certain things,” said Mathias Pogba.
Paul’s camp was quick to release a statement in response to the video, which claimed the midfielder had been the target of blackmail.
Paul is said to have told authorities he has faced threats and attempted blackmail from friends he has known since childhood, including his brother.
He cited an alleged incident in which he was intimidated by two hooded men with assault rifles in a Paris apartment who demanded 13 million euros from him.
Pogba also told investigators he has since been intimidated on several occasions, with the gang allegedly showing up at Juventus’ training ground in July.
It is alleged that the group claimed the ‘services rendered’ fee and claimed to have protected Pogba for 13 years.
Mathias was charged earlier this month in connection with the alleged conspiracy, while four other men were formally investigated on racketeering and criminal association charges.
After being taken into custody, Mathias’ lawyer Yassine Bouzrou told French broadcaster BFMTV that his client was innocent – “We will appeal this decision.”