AC Milan have dismissed a Twitter hoax against player Michael Essien, claiming he had Ebola.
The hoax was started by a Twitter user, @YuryAlkaev, who claimed sources within the club had confirmed the situation to him.
The fake tweets were carried widely by Nigerian media, forcing the club to come out and deny the stories.
Essien’s team Ghana played a 1-1 draw in Guinea on Saturday, which is one of the hotspots for the Ebola pandemic.
The player himself also addressed the reports on Twitter and Instagram.
“I’m very fit and very healthy, No truth in the internet rumours that I have contracted Ebola. im well & will be training as usual tomorrow.
“The Ebola virus is a very serious issue and people shouldn’t joke about it. Whoever wrote this article is very unprofessional and insensitive…!!!”