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Samuel Eto'o: Fake Presidential Story Mocked the Anglophone Crisis

Samuel Eto'o has threatened to sue a news website for defamation after they made up an interview in which he claimed he was set to run ...

Samuel Eto'o has threatened to sue a news 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 published the story as an April Fool's joke, but it was picked up by at least one other major news website, France 24, and gained far more traction that they may have anticipated.

As a result, Eto'o failed to see the funny side and 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 veteran striker wrote on Facebook: 'As a Cameroonian, I am deeply respectful of the institutions of my country and those who embody them.
Cameroon Star to Sue Website 

'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.'

The 37-year-old is a legend in his native Cameroon but has no plans to run for president. The interview was picked up by France 24 and gained huge traction over the weekend

The story remains on Jeune Afrique Magazine's websitebut a clarification that the interview is fictional has been inserted as a disclaimer at the top of the article.

It reads: 'This interview is directly out of the fruit of our imagination for April 1. As confirmed by the humorous tone of this interview, Samuel Eto'o never claimed that he would run for president in Cameroon.'

They have not, however, removed the part regarding the Anglophone crisis, a socio-political issue rooted in Cameroon's colonial legacies from the Germans, British, and the French.

With the crisis resulting in recent lethal clashes between protesters and police, Eto'o blasted the publication for making light out of a deeply troubling political issue within his country.

The 37-year-old has enjoyed a long and successful football career and is currently seeing out the twilight of his playing days with Turkish club Konyaspor. He played 118 times for Cameroon and scored 56 goals. - Daily Mail

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