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Samuel Eto'o Is Fuming After Being Caught Up In April Fool's Prank

Samuel Eto'o Is Fuming After Being Caught Up In April Fool's Prank

Samuel Eto'o found himself on the receiving end of an April Fools' day on Sunday and he's not happy.

April Fools' day sees a lot of news sites post satire pieces and Jeune Afrique (Young Africa) Magazine decided to do one on the Cameroonian star.

They posted a making out as though the well-travelled striker, best known for his time at Barcelona and Inter Milan, was dipping his toe into politics and running for president in his homeland in the upcoming election.

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Image: PA
Image: PA

The fictional story was picked up France 24 and it promptly blew up. Eto'o however, did not see the funny side.

He posted on Facebook and spoke of how he felt disrespected that the site made light of the political landscape in his country.

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As a Cameroonian, I am deeply respectful of the institutions of my country and those who embody them," his post read.

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"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."

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The 37-year old striker, who had spells with Chelsea and Everton in the Premier League, also threatened to sue the outlets for defamation.

Image: PA
Image: PA

The article is yet to be pulled form Jeune Afrique's website but they have tweaked the piece to stress that it is a satire story.

"As confirmed by the humorous tone of this interview, Samuel Eto'o never claimed that he would run for president in Cameroon," the revised version reads.

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Eto'o, a four-time African Player of the Year, is currently plying his trade with Turkish outfit Konyaspor having left cash-strapped Antalyaspor by mutual consent.

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Topics: Football News, Cameroon, Africa, Football, Samuel Eto'o

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