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Football: Soccer star Diarra denies joining Syria war

Published on Apr 9, 2014 5:49 AM

PARIS (AFP) - French international Lassana Diarra on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, denied rumours on social media websites that he had become a jihadist in the Syria war.

The Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder "denies in the most formal, the most categoric, the most absolute fashion that he has gone to Syria", said Diarra's French lawyer Eric Dupond Moretti. "He has never set foot in Syria.

"It's absurd. He is not a jihadist, he is a footballer with Lokomotiv Moscow," the lawyer added.

The British tabloid Daily Mirror this week reported social media rumours that Diarra had gone to Syria where the war is now into a fourth year and has cost the lives of over 150,000 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

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