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Mathias Pogba with his brother Paul Pogba (AFP via Getty)

Paul Pogba’s older brother Mathias was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of involvement in the extortion plot against the ex-Manchester United midfielder.

Mathias Pogba has been taken into police custody along with four others in Paris after being summoned for questioning over allegations he was part of a group trying to extort €13million (£11.2million) from the world champion.

According to the French newspaper Le Monde, Mathias Pogba turned himself in to investigators on Wednesday afternoon and was taken into custody.

Inquiries have revealed that Pogba, who now plays for Juventus, handed over €100,000 (£85,000) after being escorted at gunpoint to a flat in Roissy-en-Brie, an eastern suburb of Paris, in March.

Pogba has claimed he was ordered to pay €1million (£860,000) a year in ‘protection money’ from the age of 16, when he first turned professional.

Pogba is said to have tried to withdraw the full amount but was not authorized by his bank.

Instead, the 29-year-old paid the gang £85,000 but filed a criminal complaint after the group continued to press for more money.

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Paul Pogba claims he was held at gunpoint earlier this year (Getty)

Earlier this month, French prosecutors launched a judicial inquiry following Pogba’s allegations.

A statement said: “Based on the findings of the preliminary investigation, the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office today opened a judicial inquiry into allegations against unknown persons, including extortion by an armed gang, kidnapping or kidnapping with release before the seventh day in preparation for or facilitating the… Commitment of a felony or offense and participation in a criminal conspiracy.’

However, Mathias Pogba accused his brother Paul of lying to the police.

“All statements from Paul, from the hearing in early August – before my videos – to the responses from his lawyers and the responses from his supporters are just to drag my name through the dirt,” Mathias Pogba said in a TikTok video in August.

“So I’m wondering – why should I rush to confirm that what I had to say was about witchcraft only?

“Because it would be difficult to talk about so-called blackmail in this case? So wouldn’t it be better to bang on that big brother is just a jealous, money-hungry person who’s willing to do anything to discredit them before speaking? Isn’t that what all the fake accounts in my name are about? No, we do not accept conspiracies here.”

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