Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has reportedly retired from the National team due to the comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron, saying Islam is the root of international terrorism.
French government’s decision to honour the teacher who made offensive images of Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W), is also said to be part of the reasons why Paul decided to quit.
Pogba’s premature end to international football is being reported according to various Middle Eastern news outlets, but the former Juve star is yet to make the news public.
The 27 year olds decision is fuelled by the beheading of a 47 year old teacher called Samuel Paty, who was attacked on his way home from work.
Samuel was awarded the highest decoration bestowed by the French state ( French Legion d’honneur), as a result of the fact that he died for trying to explain the importance of freedom of speech.
Emmanuel Macron painted the murder as an ‘Islamic terrorist attack’.
The French leader said: “Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.”
195.sports.com which an Arabic news outlet on Sunday published Pogba’s decision to leave the French football national team, he highlighted that the decision to give Samuel the Legion d’honneur and the comments of Emmanuel Macron made him quit the national team.
Pogba believes that the act is an insult to him and to French Muslims, especially since Islam is the second religion in France after Christianity.
Pogba made his international debut back in 2013 and went on to lift the FIFA 2018 World Cup held in Russia. He has 72 caps and scored ten goals for the Le Bleus.