Paul Pogba has reportedly retired from France international team football after controversial comments made by the nation’s president Emmanuel Macron.
It has been suggested in Middle Eastern media that Pogba came to the decision after comments made by Macron on Friday as well as the government’s honouring of a teacher who mocked the prophet Muhammad.
The dramatic turn of events for the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner comes after the beheading of a school teacher Samuel Paty, which Macron described as an ‘Islamic terrorist attack’.
Macron also added: “Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.”
It is believed that as a French Muslim, Pogba was highly offended by the comments made in the media and has now opted to step down from representing Les Blues.
Neither Pogba nor the France Football Federation (FFF) have made an official statement on the tense situation that has erupted over the past few days.