French-based and Ivorian Lacina Traore hits back at identity claims

French-based and Ivorian Lacina Traore hits back at identity claims
L’attaquant du CSKA Moscou Lacina Traoré contre Tottenham. EPA/WILL OLIVER

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Apr 06, 2018. 18:30

Cote d’Ivoire and Amiens striker Lacina Traore has threatened to take legal action against the president of Etoile Sportive d'Abobo who said he has changed his identity.

Traore told a French publication L'Equipe that he will seek legal advice over allegations by Ibrahim Kone that he has changed his identity.

The ES d'Abobo’s boss (Kone) has alleged this week that Traore was called Traore Menene when his Ivorian club signed him in 2005.

Kone claimed the French Ligue 1 striker changed his name and falsified his age, saying the player is 29 and not 27.

Moreover, he said ES Abobo should receive part of the numerous transfer fees the striker has accumulated throughout his career moves.

"When I saw that, I was surprised and above all shocked," responded Traore.

"I didn't expect it. I saw all of that come out on social media. Can you imagine? I have stayed quiet until today, but it hurts.

“I prefer to train to finish the season as well as possible. That's the most important thing. But as soon as the league is over, my lawyers will take care of that."

Although Traore admitted he was aware of Kone, he denied being coached by him, insisting he began his career at Olympique Sport d'Abobo at 11 and not at Kone's club.

"Everyone knows him, he's a reference in Ivory Coast," added the forward.

"It's incredible! My parents are still alive and they gave me this identity.

"He's tarnishing the honour of my family. My parents call me all the time. They want to go and meet him, but that's not the solution.

"The law will speak. And the truth will win out. I'll never accept what he says. He can't say I'm someone I'm not."

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