World Cup winner French midfielder Paul Pogba calls retirement rumors “fake news”

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Manchester United’s Paul Pogba said on Monday that reports claiming he had stepped down from international duties to protest French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on radical Islam were “fake news”.According to reports in the Middle East picked up by British tabloid The Sun, World Cup winner Pogba wanted to end his international career after Macron vowed to fight Islamic radicals after the beheading of the history professor Samuel Paty October 16.

“Unacceptable, fake news,” Pogba, a Muslim convert, posted on Instagram with a screenshot of The Sun article.

Paty had shown caricatures of the Prophet Mohamed to students during a class discussion on freedom of expression at a school near Paris.

Macron’s comments sparked protests in predominantly Muslim countries over the weekend, with people burning photos of Macron in Syria and torching French flags in Tripoli, the Libyan capital.

Pogba won the World Cup in Russia in 2018, the Blues’ next game ahead of Finland on November 11 ahead of the Nations League meetings with Portugal and Sweden.

United’s next game is Wednesday’s Champions League group game against RB Leipzig at Old Trafford.

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