Former Barcelona Youngster Accused of Identity Fraud at Dinamo Bucharest

Former Barcelona Youngster Accused of Identity Fraud at Dinamo Bucharest

Elijah Odetokun
May 13, 2024 at 12:11 PM
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  • Dinamo Bucharest are thinking one of their players isn't the one they signed
  • The Romanian club is suspecting Edgar Le of identity fraud after signing in January
  • The former Barcelona star reportedly sent his brother to play instead of himself

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A former Barcelona player is facing identity fraud allegations at Romanian club Dinamo Bucharest after signing for the team in the January transfer window.

Edgar Le signed for Bucharest, his eighth club since leaving Barcelona in 2015, having made his debut under Luis Enrique and won the 2015 Copa del Rey.

Daniel Birligea, Edgar Le, Dinamo Bucharest, CFR Cluj, Romania.
Daniel Birligea and Edgar Ie are in action during the match between CFR 1907 Cluj and FC Dinamo Bucuresti at Dr. Constantin Radulescu Stadium on February 23. Photo by Flaviu Buboi.
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He has played in the top-flight leagues of the Netherlands, France, and Turkey. He was at Istanbul Basaksehir before his contract was terminated and joined Bucharest.

Bucharest accuses ex-Barcelona star of identity fraud

Per Football Espana, it is alleged Edgar Le failed to turn up at the club, and instead, sent his twin brother Edelino Le, who last played for Polish club Tluchovia in 2023, to take his place.

The club's suspicions were raised when it could not communicate with the player in English, even though it was convinced he spoke the language.

The suspected twin brother also failed to provide his driving license when asked, further raising the alertness of the club around the situation, and club president Florian Prunea confirmed the news:

“It seemed surreal. I wondered if I was still sleeping! I started making phone calls and talking to friends, and the news was true. I can't believe it. Nobody denied it. I found out that he has a twin brother who also plays soccer.”

As per Marca, if the ridiculous situation is confirmed, then Dinamo could be docked the eight points they accumulated with Edelino in the side over five games.

Even though the Romanian Football Federation confirmed there could be sanctions, it provided a defence for the club that it could appeal if anything happens because it had unknowingly used the player.

Ex-Barcelona star jailed for fraud

Sports Brief previously reported on ex Barcelona star receiving jail term for tax fraud during his time as a player for the club for failing to declare earnings from his image rights.

Legendary African footballer Samuel Eto'o was given a suspended 22-month prison term after agreeing to pay the owed taxes and fine of up to £5.8 million.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.