Italian giants AC Milan have taken a legal action against Gambia international Yussufa Yaffa after the player lied about his age to be drafted into the Milan youth team
Italian tabloid, GazzettadelloSport has revealed how AC Milan were duped by Gambian footballer Yusupha Yaffa into believing he was much younger than he actually was.
Yaffa was on the books at the San Siro after he was signed by the Rossoneri in 2013.
The African forward was drafted into Milan’s youth setup, while he went on to become a regular for the Milan U19 side.
There was only one problem, however. Yaffa, while claiming to be 19, was actually 28!
Yusupha Yaffa is currently on the books of German side MSV Duisburg, however one suspects that deal could come to a rapid end.
According to reports, Yaffa has now been summoned to court in Italy by AC Milan for fraud.
Should the trial come to pass, it will be interesting to find out the details of how the footballer managed to dupe one of the biggest football clubs in the world about his age.
It should also be pointed out that the revelations about Yaffa’s true age arose due to social media.
Apparently things started going awry for the Gambian when old schoolmates realised he’d doctored his age on his Facebook account, and it wasn’t long before people started talking about the footballer’s alleged fraud.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Yaffa claims he lost his documents on a number of occasions, and when he arrived at the immigration office in 2009 in Italy, he claimed he was born on the 31st of December 1996, instead of the 14th of November 1987.
It’s not the first time that Yaffa has found himself dealing with the law. In January 2015, soon after moving to Frankfurt, he was accused of raping a girl and he was arrested.
Gazzetta also report that while Yaffa protests his innocence, during his trial a number of former trainers and coaches from Milan will be present, including Filippo Inzaghi.