Lazio have threatened legal action against those who have questioned the legitimacy of the age of their 17-year-old Cameroonian player Joseph Minala.
According to the Naples club, Minala’s birth certificate is “absolutely legitimate”.
“We reserve the right to take action against those responsible for the protection of the good name of the company and the footballer,” Lazio said in a statement.
The midfielder joined Lazio last summer and recently played for them in the Viareggio Cup youth tournament.
He also issued a statement on the club’s website denying he told an African website he was 41.
“I have read the alleged statements posted on website senego.net in which 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.”