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Edel scandal comes up yet again in Sevilla’s desperate attempt to gain points.

Does Sevilla think that it is their "God given" right to win the Europa League, at any cost?

After their Europa League loss against PSG at home on Thursday, Sevilla is trying to still gain those three points by bringing up old controversies. Sevilla has called on FIFA to look into the allegations that PSG keeper Apoula Edel is not who he really says he is.

According to Goal.com “Spanish press Los Nervionenses have lodged a formal complaint to UEFA after allegations emerged in France claiming that 24-year-old Edel is not who he claimed to be but is instead a 29-year-old named Ambroise Beyama.

A former coach with the Cameroon national team, Nicolas Philibert has claimed that the player’s identification has been falsified and the matter now lays with the French judiciary while UEFA are understood to have launched their own investigation.”

While many in the outside football world are just learning about this scandal right now, followers of Ligue 1 have known about it for some time. In fact, we posted an article about this incident nearly a year ago. Here is the link:


Since this broke last December, there has been no action taken on this matter by the LFP.

Therefore, with this being “old news”, are Sevilla just trying to gain points that they rightfully lost? If it is, it is a shame that a team cannot just admit that they lost on the pitch, lick their wounds, and move on to the next match.

Granted, Edel is a decent keeper and makes some good saves. Still, he isn’t a “superstar” keeper. He isn’t Hugo Lloris or Cedric Carrasso or Stephane Ruffier. He is pretty much average.

Even with all of the controversy, the main question is if this issue has been resolved already. Since the LFP didn’t take any action last year, one would assume that it has been solved. It would really be interesting to see if it has been. And, maybe, this new attempt by Seville to tarnish Edel will finally answer the question.

Still, what if this all is false, and Edel is who he says he is? If that is the case, maybe Seville should be suspended from Europa League play for bringing up an old issue that, in a likelihood, has been solved by the LFP.

We shall see what happens in the coming days.


12 Responses

  1. In your first sentence, you mean Europa league not champions’ league. PSG will be in the CL next year 🙂

  2. Oh crap…thanks for noticing that. I guess I should write first thing in the morning 🙂

  3. Just once I wish PSG could go a few games without a controversy.

    • Well, what makes me had, and the whole point of this article, is that this is an old controversy. This isn’t anything new. They are just taking old crap and re-making it new. Sick.

      • I know…..I just want to enjoy a big win without a black cloud over it. I watch the Edel thing last year and thought we were done with it. Sevilla is just trying to make up for the poor performance on the field with this.

  4. Old or new controversy, doesn’t matter. If UEFA takes the complaint seriously, investigates, recognizes that a crime was committed, and punishes the capital club, then that’s that. I’ll wait to see what they say.

    Why such the soft spot for PSG? If they were in the wrong, then, now, or otherwise, they deserve to go down 🙂

    • But this is an old issue. Again, if PSG did something wrong, we would have heard about it last year when it was the big news back then. But nothing.

      Kind of like the Republicans bringing up the Monica Lewinsky scandal to stop the health care bill 🙂

  5. I’m not sure it was big news back then, or that anyone made a complaint to UEFA. PSG raised their profile a little bit by playing in Europe (through the back door).

    … and if you’re going to bring up political examples, don’t get me started about PSG supporters. Depending on which ones you get, the extremists either support Osama Bin Laden or Adolph Hitler.

    If you’re going to support them, might as well support Lazio too, just to balance it all with a little facism 🙂

    Forget PSG, Allez L’OM !! 😉

  6. As far as racism, I agree with Justin that is exists. But I also agree with Matt that you cannot judge the whole by the actions of a few.

  7. NYON, Switzerland (AP) _ Sevilla has lost its bid to overturn Paris Saint-Germain’s 1-0 victory in a Europa League match last week because of doubts over the eligibility of goalkeeper Apoula Edel to play for the French team.
    UEFA says its disciplinary panel rejected Sevilla’s request to award a 3-0 win by default, but did not provide grounds for the ruling.
    The Cameroon-born Edel has been the subject of unproven claims by his former agent that he is playing for PSG under a false identity.
    His listed age is 24, but he was alleged to be 29-year-old Ambroise Beyamena.
    French police this week cleared Edel of any wrongdoing.
    Edel previously played in Armenia, where he switched nationalities and represented the national team.

    (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  8. the few? as in few thousands? Just live out here for a while. You’ll see…

    Paris n’est pas magique 😉

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