Manchester United have backed midfielder Paul Pogba amid claims by The Sun that he has quit the French national team after president Emmanuel Macron’s comments on terrorism.
Macron called the horrific killing of teacher Samuel Paty an ‘Islamic terrorist attack’ and added: ‘Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.’
However, Pogba, who converted to Islam as an adult, has completely denied that he has quit the national team and also branded the report as fake news.
The club has taken solidarity with the player and also released a club statement which read: “Paul supports respect for his own religion and all religions, and is against any form of violence.
“These stories are totally unfounded. Paul is fully committed to playing for his country.”
This came after Pogba’s own statement, which read: “So The Sun did it again. Absolutely 100% unfounded news about me are going around, stating things I have never said or thought.
“I am appalled, angry, shocked and frustrated some ‘media’ sources use me to make total fake headlines in the sensible subject of French current events and adding my religion and the French national team to the pot.
“I am against any and all forms of terror and violence. My religion is one of peace and love and must be respected. 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. In a quick shout-out to The Sun, who normally could not care less: some of you guys probably went to school and will remember how your teacher said to always check your sources, don’t write without making sure. But hey, seems you did it again and on a very serious topic this time, shame on you!”