Paul Pogba has dismissed reports from the Middle East suggesting that he has quit the France national team after French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on ‘Islamist terrorism’
The report by Arabic sports website 195sports.com said the Manchester United midfielder, 27, made the decision after President Macron said on Friday, October 23, that ‘monstrosity of Islamist terrorism’ must be dealt with strongly.
The president was speaking in the wake of the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, 47, who was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40km northwest of Paris.
Macron described the murder as an ‘Islamic terrorist attack’ that took the life of the French teacher.
He said: “Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.”
The teacher was posthumously awarded the French Legion d’honneur, France’s highest honour, in recognition of the fact that he died for trying to explain the importance of freedom of speech.
Reacting to the report that he’s quit the France national team over Macron’s comments, Pogba dismissed the claims on Instagram, saying the reports are “Unacceptable. Fake news.”
”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 the French National Team 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.
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 in a very serious topic this time, shame on you!