Paul Pogba is not quitting the France national team
It was reported in the early hours of this morning that Pogba ‘resigned’ from international football after it was alleged he resents comments made by French president Emmanuel Macron, but those claims have been rubbished by Sportsmail.
The French President spoke in the wake of the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, 47, who had shown schoolchildren a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed.
Macron described the murder as an Islamic terrorist attack which is said to have upset Pogba, presumably because it is incorrect to generalise people of any faith, and a president speaking in such a way will always lead to herd mentality hatred.
In fact, he announced plans for tougher laws to tackle what he called ‘Islamist separatism’ in France, which has both strong and questionable values, as per Al Jazeera.
Just asked a journalist from L’Equipe about these reports. Fake news was his response.
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There are an estimated six million Muslims living in France.
In 2019, Pogba revealed why he converted to Islam.
He told The Times’ new Life Times podcast: “It’s everything. That’s what makes me thankful for everything.
“It made me change, realise things in life. I guess, maybe, it makes me more peaceful inside.
“It was a good change in my life because I wasn’t born a Muslim, even if my mum was. I just grew up like that, respect for everyone.
“Islam is not the image that everyone sees — terrorism… What we hear in the media is really something else, it’s something beautiful.
“You get to know it. Anybody can find that he feels connected with Islam.”