Pogba denies using obscene gesture towards journalists during France victory

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The midfielder has been accused of using the 'bras d’honneur' or 'umbrella gesture' in response to those criticising him in the media during his side's 2-0 win over Albania

Paul Pogba has denied claims that he insulted French journalists whilst celebrating Dimitri Payet’s goal in Wednesday’s 2-0 victory over Albania.

After a poor performance in the Euro 2016 opener against Romania, the Juventus midfielder was benched by Didier Deschamps for France’s second group game.

But after a goalless first half, Pogba and Antonione Griezmann, who was also dropped, were brought on to secure a victory which put the host nation into the last 16.

Pogba has been accused of using the 'bras d’honneur' or 'umbrella gesture' in response to criticism from journalists, a claim which the midfielder has denied.

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"I want to say sincerely, but very firmly, that whatever interpretation you want to take from these images, I never had any intention to make a gesture towards someone or take my revenge on anyone.

"I was crazily happy by the goal and I turned to the stand where I knew my mother and my brothers were and I did my usual celebration, arms in the air and fists lifted.

"Nothing more, nothing less."

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