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Lazio threaten legal action over false age claims of teenager

Serie A side Lazio have threatened to take legal action against those who question the age of their 17-year-old Cameroonian player Joseph Minala.

Minala, who joined the club last summer was forced to shut down his Facebook profile after suffering abuse and questions over the legitimacy of his age.

Joseph Minala (right) pictured with Antonio Di Natale. Credit: Twitter/@MarieMbjm

In a statement, Lazio said the 17-year-old's birth certificate was "absolutely legitimate", before saying they are prepared to take legal action to "protect the good name of the company and the footballer".

The player also issued a statement on the club's website denying claims that he told a website that he was 41 saying: "It's false statements that have been attributed to me by people who do not know and for whom I reserve every action of damage."