Manchester United star Paul Pogba has given an indication that he will sue for damages over “fake news” suggesting he has retired from international football.
News was rife in the media and on social media that the French international is quitting the France national team over comments made by the country’s President, Emmanuel Macron, about Islam.
But the 27-year-old says the claims are unfounded and total falsehood. “Absolutely 100% unfounded news about me is going around, stating things I have never said or thought,” he said.
Paul Pogba responds to “unfounded” reports that he has quit the French national team 🚨 pic.twitter.com/l324o2DuvL
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In a post on Instagram, the World Cup winner said he “appalled, angry, shocked and frustrated” at some media “using him to make total fake headlines” and “adding the French national team and my religion to the pot”.
“I am against any and all forms of terror and violence. Unfortunately, some press people don’t act responsibly when writing the news, abusing their press freedom, not verifying if what they write/reproduce is true, creating a gossip chain without caring it affects people’s lives and my life.
“I am taking legal action against the publishers and spreaders of these 100% Fake News,” he added.
Paul Pogba has 72 caps and 10 goals for France.