Paul Pogba ‘will QUIT France’s national team after president Emmanuel Macron said Islam was the source of international terrorism following the beheading of a teacher in Paris’
- Paul Pogba reportedly resigned after comments made by Emmanuel Macron
- His decision comes in the wake of the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, 47
- French government decided to honour the teacher, who published images of the prophet Mohammed
- He was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught
According to various Middle Eastern news sources, the World Cup-winning midfielder, who is a convert to Islam, ‘resigned’ after the comments made by Macron on Friday.
Pogba reportedly also resents the French government’s decision to bestow the country’s highest honour on the teacher who had shown images of the prophet Muhammad to schoolchildren in his class before being beheaded in a terrorist attack.
The football star’s alleged decision comes in the wake of the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, 47, who was attacked on his way home from the junior high school where he taught in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, 40 kilometres northwest of Paris.
Paul Pogba has reportedly quit playing for France over Emmanuel Macron’s comments
United midfielder Pogba posted this picture of him visiting Mecca on Instagram in 2019
Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded on his on his way home from the junior high school where he taught
He was awarded the French Legion d’honneur, the highest decoration bestowed by the French state, in recognition of the fact that he died trying to explain the importance of freedom of speech.
Macron described the murder as an ‘Islamic terrorist attack’ that took the life of the French teacher and later added: ‘Unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism.’
Pogba’s resignation was published on Sunday in the Arabic sports website, which said that the decision to give the teacher the Legion d’honneur and the comments were the motivation for his decision to stop playing as a French international.
It said Pogba considered the decision as an insult to him and to French Muslims, especially since Islam is the second religion in France after Christianity.
Calls are growing meanwhile around the world for people to boycott French goods in the wake of the president’s comments accusing Muslims of separatism and he pledged not to give up cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
Pogba with Macron after the Man United midfielder won the World Cup with France in 2018
Pogba kisses the World Cup after playing an influential role for France at the World Cup
THE BEHEADING OF SAMUEL PATY
Schoolteacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on Friday 16 October 16 by 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov.
Prior to his death, Mr Paty had received threats after he had showed pupils in his class cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on October 6.
Mr Paty had been teaching the children about free speech. His death follows the 2015 terrorist attack at the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had published on its cover a cartoon of Muhammad. Twelve people were killed and 11 injured by gunmen.
French president Emmanuel Macron said at Mr Paty’s funeral:
‘He was killed precisely because he incarnated the Republic. He was killed because the Islamists want our future.
They know that with quiet heroes like him, they will never have it.’
Mr Paty, a history and geography teacher, had advised Muslim students to look away if they thought they might be offended before showing thew class the cartoon.
He has been posthumously awarded the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest honour.
Anzorov, was shot dead by police after killing Mr Paty.
In 2019, Pogba revealed why he converted to Islam – insisting that doing so has made him become a better person.
Asked what being a Muslim meant to him in The Times’ new Life Times podcast, Pogba said: ‘It’s everything. That’s what makes me thankful for everything.
‘It made me change, realise things in life. I guess, maybe, it makes me more peaceful inside.
‘It was a good change in my life because I wasn’t born a Muslim, even if my mum was. I just grew up like that, respect for everyone.
‘Islam is not the image that everyone sees – terrorism… What we hear in the media is really something else, it’s something beautiful.
‘You get to know it. Anybody can find that he feels connected with Islam.’
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The Frenchman revealed that converting to Islam has made him become a better person