Paris Saint Germain goalkeeper Apoula Edel was set to face further media scrutiny Friday when a tabloid sports weekly claimed to have evidence that he is not really who he claims to be.
Edel hit the headlines several months ago when a disgruntled former coach of the player in Cameroon, Nicolas Philibert, claimed Edel was in fact five years older than 24, and named Ambroise Beyamena.
Edel has refuted the allegations. However 10 Sport’s Friday edition contains excerpts of documents which appear to support Philibert’s claims and which are currently being pored over by the authorities.
The weekly also published signed testimony from another Cameroon player who claims to have known Edel as Ambroise Beyamena in Cameroon and then recognised him in France.
It is believed Philibert initially informed the authorities of the alleged fraud in a bid to reclaim money owed to him by Edel.
The former coach was a mentor to Edel, reportedly lending him money and helping him find him a club in Armenia.
According to 10 Sport, Philibert lodged an official complaint with police on May 18 against the ‘keeper for identity fraud.
The weekly said PSG, one of the biggest clubs in the league, has made attempts to “slow the legal process” surrounding Edel.
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