Paul Pogba denies quitting France team over Macron's anti-Islamic remarks
Manchester United's Paul Pogba on Monday denied the reports published by UK media outlets that claimed he had retired from international duty in protest against French President Emmanuel Macron's anti-Islamic comments.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on Monday denied media reports that said he quit the France national team over anti-Islamic comments made by the country's President Emmanuel Macron.
The French leader this month declared war on "Islamist separatism", which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities in France.
The Sun newspaper alleged that Pogba, a practising Muslim, reacted to Macron's comments by quitting the national team.
"Unacceptable," the 27-year-old wrote on a Twitter along with a "fake news" sticker on a screenshot of the headline from The Sun.
"So The Sun did it again," he added. "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 (if) it affects people's lives and my life."
Macron's comments triggered protests in Muslim-majority countries at the weekend, with people burning pictures of Macron in Syria and setting fire to French flags in the Libyan capital Tripoli.
Pogba won the World Cup in Russia in 2018, with Les Bleus' next fixture a friendly with Finland on November 11 ahead of Nations League meetings with Portugal and Sweden.