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POGBA DENIAL 'Unacceptable fake news' - Paul Pogba shuts down claims he will quit playing for France


Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has strongly rejected claims that he is about to call time on his international career in protest at comments from French President Emmanuel Macron.

The beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, 47, has rocked France in recent days after he was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught near Paris.

Macron described the horrific crime as Islamist terrorism and stated that 'unity and firmness are the only answers' to halt the rise of extremism.

"Our compatriot was killed for teaching, for teaching children freedom of speech, freedom to believe, or not to believe," said Macron. "Our compatriot was the victim of a terrorist attack."

The comments have sparked a debate over a case that involved the victim showing cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad to his students, but suggestions that devout Muslim would refuse to play for France again as a result of Macron's statements have been dismissed.

Pogba has now vowed to take legal action against media outlets that ran the stories suggesting he would not represent France again, as he offered up these comments on Instagram.

Writing on Instagram, he said he was "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. 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 this 100% Fake News."

Several newspapers in France and the UK ran reports suggesting the 2018 World Cup winner has kicked his last ball on the international stage, but he has quickly shut down those suggestions with this defiant tweet.

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