Pogba: International Retirement Is Fake News

LONDON: Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has confirmed reports that he is retiring from international action in protest of French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on radical Islam are false news.

According to a report by a news agency in the Middle East later quoted by British tabloid newspaper The Sun, Pogba, who lifted the World Cup trophy with France, wanted to end his international career after Macron insisted on fighting radical Islam following the beheading of his teacher, Samuel Paty, on October 16. .

“Unacceptable, fake news,” Pogba said in an Instagram post and included a screenshot of The Sun article.

Paty showed a cartoon claimed by the Prophet Muhammad SAW to students in his class to discuss freedom of speech.

Macron’s comments sparked protests among Muslim countries over the weekend with people burning pictures of Macron in Syria and burning the French flag in Libya’s capital, Tripoli.

Pogba won the World Cup trophy in Russia in 2018 with Les Bleus facing a friendly match against Finland on November 11 ahead of the meeting with Portugal and Sweden in the League of Nations.

United will face RB Leipzig for the Champions League group stage action at Old Trafford, early this Thursday morning.