Manchester United star Paul Pogba has plate HURLED at him in curry house by angry fan
Paul Pogba had a plate hurled at him and was backed into a corner by furious fans after snubbing an autograph writes The Sun.
Police officers were called to a curry house when the Manchester United midfielder’s refusal sparked a frenzied melee.
Witnesses said the Manchester United’s supporters accused the £89million Frenchman, 23, of disrespecting them by refusing to sign his name on a token.
Mobile phone camera footage shows two of the men trying to square up to the world-record transfer fee midfielder.
One witness said: “The row escalated very quickly and it looked like there was going to be punches thrown.
“The lads were furious that Pogba had the nerve to say no to their request for an autograph
“But Pogba was enjoying a quiet meal with friends and felt uncomfortable with the attention.
“They were desperately trying to square up to him and it could easily have turned physical if it weren’t for the staff and their pals holding them back.
“As the world’s most expensive footballer, he’s an easy target for lads trying to show off like that. He dealt with it very well.”
Staff at the popular Akbar’s restaurant in Manchester city centre called police after the row, just after 11.40pm on Monday evening, but officers did not attend after the situation diffused.
The football fans had been posting videos to social media app Snapchat of Pogba minding his own business, before approaching him for an autograph.
Pogba politely declined, sparking accusations of him being disrespectful to fans who help pay for his mammoth salary.
The 23-year old has established himself as a key cog in José Mourinho’s side since his stunning £89m transfer from Italian giants Juventus last summer.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Officers were called to reports of a disturbance in a restaurant in Liverpool Road, Manchester, just after 11.40pm on Monday, February 20.
“When an officer called back, the line got cut off. When the officer did get through, the people involved in the disturbance had already dispersed.
“No further complaints were made after that.”
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