The discovery came after he posted his real age on Facebook
A former AC Milan player, Yusupha Yaffa, is believed to have misrepresented his age to the club, and reports have emerged suggesting the Italian team could be ready to take legal action against the player.
The Gambian footballer arrived in Italy at age 17, and featured in Bologna and Milan's 'primavera' teams before moving to Germany's Eintracht Frankfurt. He has since been loaned out to MSV Duisburg, but he could be forced to return to Italy to testify in a case of fraud according to Spanish publication El Mundo Deportivo.
AC Milan believe that the player is actually nine years older than he said he was, and is currently 28 years of age as opposed to 19, which is what he claimed.
Yusupha Yaffa es acusado en Italia por estafar al Milan por mentir en su edad. Tendría 28 y no 19. pic.twitter.com/yC6JYsYcEY— Jaime F. Macias (@Jaimefmacias) January 17, 2016
The source of the discovery has been revealed by Italian sports papers. The revelation came via his Facebook, after Yaffa had posted the older age on his profile.
He says he lost his documents on a number of occasions, and when arriving at the immigration office in 2009 in Cuneo, which is in Northern Italy, he stated he was born on the 31st of December 1996, instead of the 14th of November 1987.
Gazzetta dello Sport also say that, while the player is still protesting his innocence, he will have to appear before a judge during the trial, and that some of his former trainers and coaches from Milan will be present, including Filippo Inzaghi.