Paul Pogba releases powerful statement in response to 'fake news' from The Sun
"I am taking legal action against the publishers."
Paul Pogba has released a statement on his Instagram account in response to a story by The Sun which the France midfielder has rejected as "fake news".
The story in question claimed that Pogba had quit the France national team over comments made by French president Emmanuel Macron on "Islamist terrorism".
After posting a graphic with the words "fake news" on Twitter, the Manchester United player followed it up with a thorough and powerful statement in which he criticised elements of the media for a lack of verification of stories, as well as confirming that he plans to take legal action against the publication.
"So The Sun did it again... absolutely 100% unfounded news about me are going around, stating things I have never said or thought," he said.
"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!"