Yusupha Yaffa Facing Charge of Defrauding AC Milan over Alleged 9-Year Age Gap

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2016

AC Milan are taking former prospect Yusupha Yaffa to court, charging the player with fraud after he allegedly lied to the Rossoneri and told them he was nine years younger than he actually was.

According to La Gazetta dello Sport (h/t Sean Gibson of the Daily Telegraph), Yaffa arrived in Italy from Gambia seeking asylum in 2009 and told the immigration office he was 13, when he was actually 22.

He claimed to have lost his identification documents during the move but has now reportedly talked himself into trouble by making remarks online about his education, which wouldn't fit his stated age. Former schoolmates have also stepped forward to question his claims.

Yaffa never made an appearance for Milan's senior side, spending time in the club's youth setup and out on loan with Bologna. He moved to Eintracht Frankfurt as a free agent in 2015 and currently plays for MSV Duisburg.

Per Jack De Menezes of the Independent, Milan thought the striker was 16 when they signed him in 2013, instead of 25. He was arrested in 2015 for rape but only spent one night in prison before Eintracht Frankfurt paid his €100,000 bail.

If the charges regarding his age turn out to be true, he will be tried in a regular court as opposed to a juvenile one, however, and the sentences he would face would be considerably more severe.  

 

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