Legendary Ghana striker, Asamoah Gyan, has threatened to take a blogger to court for publishing fake stories about his infamous penalty miss.
The blogger at the centre of the issue, which has got Gyan trending on Twitter, Thosecalledcelebs shared fake quotes made up a parody account.
The parody account using Asamoah Gyan’s name tweeted about the Ghana legend’s infamous penalty miss at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
“I intentionally missed the penalty because of my ex…I wanted to break her heart” the fake Asamoah Gyan on Twitter tweeted.
The blogger without checking started sharing the fake quotes and that has got Asamoah Gyan, who now plays his club football in Ghana for Legon Cities, angry.
Incensed by the attempt to make light of one of the biggest twists in his playing career, Gyan commented on the post which has since been deleted demanding a retraction and an apology
His demand came with a three-hour ultimatum failure to which he threatened to take legal action.
“Those Called Celeb! Pull this useless story linked to me down and retract with an apology with immediate effect, if you fail to do that within the next 3hrs, you will hear from my lawyers. This abuse in social media must stop. My account is verified on Twitter… your work as a journalist involves due diligence” he fumed.
In 2010, Gyan missed a penalty kick in the quarter-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Uruguay. The miss cost Ghana and Africa a first semi-final appearance at the global showpiece.
“Till today, any time alone, it still haunts me. Sometimes I feel like the world should go back again so I can redeem myself, but I know this is something that will haunt me for the rest of my life. I accept that because there is nothing I can do about it. I went there to save my country, but I ended up being the villain, which I accept because I know how people feel,” the 34-year old told TV3 Ghana in an interview in April 2010.