April 1 is always a day to be wary.
Particularly for sport fans, with many newspapers attempting to cause a surprise or spark panic with a wild story on April Fool’s Day.
Arsenal fans were spooked years back when it was claimed that the Gunners were about to sign the younger brother of Pascal Cygan, their comical French centre-back.
Wladimir Klitschko caught a few out when he posed the idea of a potential return to boxing after Anthony Joshua’s win over Joseph Parker on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, the Express joked that Lewis Hamilton planned to miss this week’s Bahrain Grand Prix in order to attend a fashion event.
It’s all fun and games really. Unless you’re Samuel Eto’o and a news website called Jeune Afrique Magazine.
Eto’o has threatened to sue the publication for defamation after they claimed on April 1 that he was planning to run in the 2018 Cameroon presidential election.
WHAT NEWS WEBSITE WROTE ABOUT ETO’O
Jeune Afrique Magazine isn’t the biggest website and they probably didn’t expect their post to blow up. But it did just that when a major news site, France 24, picked it up.
The fake story soon caught the attention of former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Eto’o and, unhappy with the current political situation in Cameroon being made light of, he took to Facebook to express his disapproval and threaten legal action.
“As a Cameroonian, I am deeply respectful of the institutions of my country and those who embody them,” the 37-year-old wrote.
“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.”
Eto’o added: “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.”
Jeune Afrique Magazine haven’t taken the story down but have instead added a disclaimer that points out the interview is fictional.
“As confirmed by the humorous tone of this interview, Samuel Eto’o never claimed that he would run for president in Cameroon,” it reads.
The re-edited story also leaves out the part regarding the Anglophone crisis.
Culled from Givemesports.com