13th October, 2014
AC Milan midfielder, Michael Essien has dismissed rumours that he is infected with the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.
The Ghanaian star was left out of his country’s squad for a 1-1 draw in the African Cup of Nations qualifier in Guinea leading to the rumours on Twitter that Essien had contracted the virus, something the player was quick to deny, insisting he is ready to play for Milan.
Former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder then squashed the rumour via Instagram. “I’m very fit and very healthy. No truth in the internet rumours that I have contracted Ebola,” he posted.
“I’m well and 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…!!!#Jahbless”.
“The true victims of Ebola deserve better and our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families.#sue,” he wrote Twitter.
AC Milan has also quashed the rumours, and the suggestion that the club spokesman had confirmed them earlier in the evening.
A club statement read: “AC Milan categorically denies alleged news from abroad about its members. Such news, totally unfounded, however, have never been confirmed by any employee of our company”.