April fool’s joke gone wrong! Football star Samuel Eto’o has threatened to sue a website for defamation after they made up an interview in which he claimed he was set to run in the 2018 Cameroon presidential election.
Young Africa Magazine had published the story as an April Fool’s joke, but it was picked up by other websites and went viral.
Not finding the fake news funny, the former Barcelona and Chelsea striker posted an immediate response on social media, claiming the interview made light of a delicate political situation in his country and threatened legal action if the story was not removed.
The 37-year-old football legend wrote on Facebook: ‘As a Cameroonian, I am deeply respectful of the institutions of my country and those who embody them.
‘I therefore believe that the 2018 presidential election in Cameroon and the exercise of the supreme office are very important and cannot be discussed lightly.
‘More seriously, the authors of this farce mocked the Anglophone crisis — a situation that causes desolation and mourning in my country.
‘I think that the words attributed to my modest self under the guise of a supposed farce are absolutely reductive and denote a total lack of respect.’