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You have to admire the front of some people and question the thoroughness of the football club staff at times.
In the 1990s, Southampton made the debut of Ali Dia, supposedly ‘George Weah’s cousin’, famous, although it was immediately clear that the south coast club had been duped.
Given how technologically advanced the world has become since then, there is no reason for more phonies to escape the net, yet the Champions League team CSKA Sofia almost landed on Ali Dia mark II.
According to the Daily starGregoire Akcelrod, whose own father had apparently stopped him from playing football at age 10 because he was so bad, had signed a contract with CSKA after they were misled by his own website claiming he was starring in Paris Saint. -Germain.
In reality, he had failed tests in Swindon Town, Norwich City and Bournemouth, and in fact played for PSG’s fifth-tier amateur team.
A stroke of luck via a fan forum chat ensured that Akcelrod was exposed before he had a chance to add anything to his existence as Walter Mitty.
However, it shows how far some players will go to make a dream come true.