Lazio Defend False Age Claims of Teenage Footballer Joseph Minala

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVFebruary 12, 2014

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Lazio have hit back at those who have questioned the age of older-than-17-looking 17-year-old Cameroonian midfielder Joseph Minala. 


As per 101 Great Goals, a string of images started coming to light on Tuesday of the teenager who, at a glance, does not look his age. 

He's since cut off the majority of his social networks, except for his Twitter account.

As reported by BBC, Lazio are defending Minala and threatening to take action against allegations that he's not of the age they claim: 

We reserve the right to take action against those responsible for the protection of the good name of the company and the footballer. 

In the same BBC article, Minala was said to have told an African tabloid website he was actually 41. Minala refuted those reports: 

I have read the alleged statements posted on the website in which it says I confessed my real age which was different to what was stated in my [official] documents. 

They are false statements that have been attributed to me by people who do not know.