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An explosive and damning new book, published in France, claims the former Manchester United and Arsenal star was a victim of “sexual abuse” by his former agent, Pierre Poiré.
The French publication, Le Monde, has published excerpts from his memoirs.
It includes alleged details of his “sexual abuse” by the agent during childhood and teenage years at Poiré’s home in Vichy, northern France.
According to the former Arsenal star, Poiré raped him and forced him to perform sex acts on his own.
In March last year, the 41-year-old admitted in an interview with French football magazine, L’Equipe, that his agent was a violent man, capable of rape.
However, he says he was “tough enough” and did not feel the need to “sugar coat the truth” about Poiré.
Poiré denies the accusations against him.
He told Le Monde in an article published earlier this week: “I do not know where I have been wrong. I hope, I am sure that I have never committed this crime against my son or against anyone else.”
Poiré has previously told France’s Le Point magazine: “Everyone in football is aware of what I did to my son. The fact is that I am proud of my profession and I will always have my place in the history of football.”
The book has also become a source of controversy, coming from the former Arsenal and Manchester United star, who has had trouble following his own history since retiring in 2014.
The book is a shocking new expose on an alleged sexual abuser in the football world and comes ahead of the first of two Premier League matches this week, England v France in the build-up to the World Cup.
Poiré has denied the allegations and is reported to be in talks with the police.
The former Agent is now the third man to face an investigation on the Football Leaks website.
In 2013, former agent and ex-Arsenal manager Bruce Buck was arrested by the Metropolitan Police, charged with possession of illegal recordings, receiving and concealing stolen property and unlawfully recording confidential communications, and allegedly having sex with a woman