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Man United release statement after Pogba condemns ‘fake news’ story

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Manchester United have backed Paul Pogba in a statement released after the midfielder slammed ‘fake news’ reports over his international future with France.

French president Emmanuel Macron described the murder of teacher Samuel Paty, 47, as an ‘Islamic terrorist attack’ and said: “Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.”

That prompted claims that Pogba had quit the French national team in response to Macron’s speech but the United star denied the reports on social media.

United have released a statement throwing their weight behind the 27-year-old.

The statement 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.”

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Pogba posted a picture of an English newspaper’s version of the story – which was not the original source – on his Instagram account and branded it ‘unacceptable’.

The Frenchman then launched into a tirade against the ‘paper: “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!”

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