Les Bleus won their Group E opener against Honduras 3-0 at a canter but the evening may have played out rather differently had Juventus star Pogba been red carded with the game still goalless.
The 21-year-old reacted to extreme provocation by Wilson Palacios by kicking out from the floor and it looked as through referee Sandro Ricci was considering sending the Frenchman off.
Coach Didier Deschamps substituted Pogba before the hour mark and several team-mates were on hand with words of advice for the teenager.
Deschamps said: "He suffered a foul and there was a gesture of reaction...I did not warn him but (Yohan) Cabaye and (Patrice) Evra did, to tell him it was forbidden for us to finish with 10 men. We must have control, and that is not just relevant to Paul."
Tottenham keeper Hugo Lloris also revealed: "We all had a word for Paul to half-time.
"He is still young ...(but) the message before the game was not to succumb to provocation.
"The referee has shown intelligence. These games are decided on the details and they turned in our favour this time."
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