Black Magic On Mbappe, Brother's Betrayal & Doping: How Paul Pogba's Plight Reminds Us About Murky Depths of Football

Paul Pogba saga exposes the need for greater transparency and stricter regulations within football. Anti-doping measures must be consistently enforced, and any allegations of such practices must be thoroughly investigated. Additionally, fostering a culture that prioritizes fair play and ethical conduct is crucial.
Black Magic On Mbappe Brothers Betrayal  Doping How Paul Pogbas Plight Reminds Us About Murky Depths of Football
Do not be surprised if Paul Pogba's career returns to us all as a pop culture web series. After all, his is a story of a once touted prodigy landing up in a bizarre saga involving witchcraft, black magic, and doping allegations. But this unfortunate turn of events not only casts a shadow over his career but also exposes the murky underbelly of professional football, where superstition and illegal practices can sometimes intertwine.
The can of worms started to come out after a police investigation began into allegations that extortionists targeted Pogba. But in a bizarre twist, Pogba's brother, Mathias, was taken into custody. Mathias Pogba was charged in connection with an alleged organised armed extortion attempt against his brother. However, Mathias then made public accusations via social media, alleging that Paul had sought the help of a witch doctor to curse Kylian Mbappe, a teammate on the French national team. Paul vehemently denied these accusations, but the damage to his reputation was significant.
The Pogbas are three brothers, Mathias, Florentin and Paul, and their mother is named Yeo Moriba. But Matthias' tweets caused a furore where he appealed directly to Mbappe, saying: "Kylian, do you understand now? I have nothing against you; what I am saying is for your good, everything is true and known; the witch doctor is known! Sorry for this brother, a so-called Muslim up to his neck in witchcraft."
sThe game where Mbappe was supposed to be 'neutralised' was Manchester United's Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain in 2019. The result? United had lost the first leg 2-0 at home, and Pogba was sent off. But Solskjaer's United made a comeback for the ages in Paris, won 3-1 in the return leg, and moved into the quarter-finals.
"At the request of Paul, the witch was told to neutralise Kylian Mbappe, who back then was on a rapid rise, far outstripping Paul's fame," Mathias said in a video statement that had titles of "insurance video, held in a safe place" written on top. Mathias also accused his brother of having abandoned members of their family, leaving them in poverty, and he repeated claims that Paul Pogba employed a witch doctor.
Witchcraft and Wizardry In Football
The existence of witchcraft and black magic within the footballing world might seem like mere superstition. However, reports suggest that some players and teams do resort to such practices, often out of desperation to gain an edge or overcome setbacks. Senegal's win over France in the 2002 FIFA World Cup is still spoken about in hushed tones and is filled with conspiracy theories. Former Arsenal and French midfielder Emmanuel Petit, who played in the game, calls it a "mysterious" match.
Even the Premier League has not been able to free itself from the clutches of dark magic. In 2015, a report in the Sun claimed that there football players who were resorting to witch doctors to help them gain superior form. Emmanuel Adebayor was among the notable names who claimed that his mother used black magic to ruin his form in front of the goal for Spurs. However, former Nigeria and West Brom striker Brown Ideye warned that a racket also conned stars. In an interview with Championat per The Nation, former Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie revealed that most African players believe more in juju treatment than seeing doctors when injured.
The Final Blow
But the final devastating blow came in the form of a four-year doping ban imposed by Italy's National Anti-Doping Tribunal (TNA). He was initially suspended in September 2023 after a drug test conducted following Juventus' first match of the season. Pogba reportedly chose not to pursue a plea bargain with Italian anti-doping authorities, opting to fight the charges. This decision ultimately led to the harshest possible penalty: a four-year ban. Pogba's future on the pitch now hangs in the balance, but he has confirmed he will appeal against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and insisted he has never taken banned substances.
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