Armenia international goalkeeper APOULA EDEL of French Ligue 1 side Paris St. Germain is currently the subject of a formal protest from FC Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League competition. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)
The UNION of EUROPEAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATIONS has confirmed it has received a formal protest from Spanish club FC SEVILLA concerning the goalkeeper of PARIS ST. GERMAIN, the Andalusian side’s opponent in the opening round of Group Stage play for the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League.
Following the claims of a disgruntled player agent that Cameroonian-born Armenia international shot-stopper APOULA EDEL is not who he says he is, FC Sevilla has formally questioned the registration of the Paris St. Germain goalkeeper, who kept a clean sheet in the Parisian side’s 1-0 defeat of the Spanish club in the recent UEFA Europa League match.
NICOLAS PHILIBERT, who claims to have coached Edel in Cameroon and lent the player money so as to move to Armenia to play for Pyunik Erevan some years ago, says that the PSG goalkeeper owes him 30,000 Euros and lodged a formal complaint with French police.
Philibert, via documents published by French magazine LE 10 SPORT, also alleges that 24-year-old Apoula Edel is really a man named Ambroise Beyama who is actually 29-years-old — thus casting doubt, in the eyes of FC Sevilla, on the Paris St. Germain goalkeeper’s formal registration with UEFA.
Meanwhile, the French police did, indeed, question the PSG keeper about the affair at a station in the capital city suburb of Poissy on Monday.
On Wednesday, the Armenia international’s lawyer, CHRISTOPHE BIGOT, issued a statement that the French police had checked the player’s identity and have cleared Apoula Edel, who joined Paris St. Germain from in the summer of 2007 from Romanian side Rapid Bucharest, of any wrong doing.
“Edel had nothing to worry about,” the lawyer Bigot said.
Edel, who took over from 37-year-old veteran France international GREGORY COUPET as first choice for Les Rouge-et-Bleu last season, and Paris St. Germain have filed a claim of defamation against Philibert.
UEFA, for their part, has said a decision on the matter can be expected “in the coming days”, according to a statement released by Reuters.