Pogba denies quitting France team over Macron comments

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba on Monday denied media reports that said he quit the France national team over comments made by the country's President Emmanuel Macron which were perceived to be against Islam.

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 post here along with a "fake news" sticker on a screenshot of the headline from The Sun.

"So The Sun did it again," he added here. "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."

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 25: A boy holds a poster showing the portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest against French president Emmanuel Macron on October 25, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. People gathered to protest against the recent statements by French President Emmanuel Macron regarding the beheading of a teacher that displayed cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in his class and the closure of some mosques in France. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Men raise their finger as Turkish protesters shout slogans against France during a demonstration against French President's comments over Prophet Muhammad cartoons, in Istanbul, on October 25, 2020. - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 25, 2020 renewed his call for his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to undergo mental checks, a day after his comments prompted Paris to recall its envoy to Ankara. Macron's comments, on October 21, 2020, came in response to the beheading of a teacher, Samuel Paty, outside his school in a suburb outside Paris earlier this month, after he had shown cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed during a class he was leading on free speech. (Photo by Yasin AKGUL / AFP) (Photo by YASIN AKGUL/AFP via Getty Images)
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An Arab Israeli Muslim demonstrator, holding a child and clad in mask due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, holds up a sign during a rally protesting against the comments of French President Emmanuel Macron over Prophet Mohammed cartoons, in the Arab town of Umm-Al Fahem in Northen Israel on October 25, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)
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GAZA, PALESTINE - 2020/10/25: Protester holding a placard with a crossed out image of the French president during the demonstration. Palestinians in the city of Rafah protest against the publishing of cartoons as Prophet Muhammad in a French newspaper and the statement of French President Emmanuel Macron. (Photo by Yousef Masoud/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Pogba added that he was taking legal action against the publishers.

The report came days after Macron paid tribute to a French history teacher who was beheaded by an Islamist radical for using cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression for 13-year-olds.

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