Oudéa-Castera wants the France team « to be preserved from its impacts »

The minister answered questions from Europe 1.

The Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, wishes that « the France team is preserved as much as possible » of the Paul Pogba affair, an incredible affair linked to « extortion attemptsallegedly targeting the footballer. « I want our French team, which is going ahead of very good competitions, to be preserved as much as possible from the impacts of this affair.“Reacted the minister Thursday on Europe 1, less than three months before the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18).

« What pains me and what worries me is if this has an impact on our France team, we are ahead of a major deadline, but what reassures me is that we have a Didier Deschamps who, I’m sure, will be able to recreate the binder, will be able to reassure, will be able to ease tensions“, she added while the name of striker Kylian Mbappé appears indirectly in the context of this case. « I am really counting on him to best manage this particular situation within this very fine team.“, she insisted.

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On the merits, she did not wish to comment on this affair, fueled by statements and videos from one of Paul Pogba’s brothers, Mathias. « The prosecution has decided to open a preliminary investigation, I will not interfere in what becomes a legal case« , did she say. The preliminary investigation was opened on August 3 of the count of extortion in organized gang and attempt. The investigations were entrusted to the Central Office for the Fight against Organized Crime (Oclo).

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