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Age falsification: It’s absolute nonsense – Taribo

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The former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West has described the allegation about his age by a former President of Patizan Belgrade, Zarko Zercevic as rubbish.

Former DerbyCounty, Plymouth and Inter Milan defender Taribo West was accused of lying about his age.

The former Nigeria centre half, now retired, joined Serbian team Partizan Belgrade in 2002 after leaving DerbyCounty and told club bosses he was 28.

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But now the ex-president of Partizan, Zarko Zecevic,  accused him of lying, saying the defender was actually 40 according to London’s Mail Online

‘He joined us saying he was 28. We only later found out he was 40, but he was still playing well so I don’t regret having him on the team,’ Zecevic said.

But according to the Croatian media, the former defender known for his colourful hairstyles also lied when trying to join Croatia’s Rijeka club.

At the age of 44, they said West told club doctors he was only 32.

It was only after an examination that the doctors raised suspicions with the club because West’s knees suggested he was older.

He wasn’t signed to the team but later joined Plymouth and then Iranian side Paykan FC, where he ended his career at the age of 46 in 2008.

Today, his Wikipedia entry says he is 39.

It’s absolute nonsense — Taribo

The former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West has described the allegation about his age by a former President of Patizan Belgrade, Zarko Zercevic as rubbish.

In his reaction, the former Nigerian international said about the publication on mail, “That’s  nonsense. It’s not relevant. It’s absolute  rubbish.”

The Atlanta ’96 hero said he could not comprehend what the Serbian was talking about as “it does not make any sense.”

 

 


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