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Everton stalwart Joseph Yobo has told Goal.com that he plans to sue some Nigerian newspapers over a story that suggested he went nightclubbing to celebrate his birthday only hours after Nigeria failed to beat Tunisia in a crunch World Cup qualifying match in Abuja.


Yobo has dismissed the rumour, insisting it is "callous gossip from the pit of hell".


Reports in a section of the local media suggested that the Eagles' vice captain hosted a party, while millions of fans were left dejected after the country's dream of playing at next year's World Cup in South Africa was left hanging in the balance.

"It's annoying, because what's been written is an absolute lie and unbelievable," Yobo told Goal.com.


"It's a callous and vicious gossip because I was extremely down. [I was] shattered and reflected on the game with my family all through the night.

"If the gossip were true, it clearly showed I am not fit to wear the national team colours or worthy of it's captaincy."
An angry Yobo added, "I got texts congratulating me on my birthday. But I was not thinking about it, remaining focused on the big game at hand because there will be many birthdays in my life."

The Everton defender has now decided to take legal action against the newspapers that published the false report.
"This is a callous and vicious report to pull me down, but my lawyers are on it now," he disclosed.

"It's unfortunate what has been said and written about me since they published this when I have been in grief for the draw on Sunday, like every Nigerian football fan.

"We disappointed over 150 million people with our performance, yet some people would have the heart and guts to party? That is absolutely unbelievable!

"If they can prove that I went out that night, I will quit the national team for good. That we failed collectively is enough rather than make me look terribly bad."

It was only in June that Yobo, along with Portsmouth's John Utaka, chartered a private jet to fly to Tunis for the first World Cup clash, which ended in a goalless draw.

Yobo did not spare his team-mates after their lethargic performance on Sunday, revealing that they deserve the media and public backlash.

"We let our country, family and ourselves down and need to rescue what is left of our chances, hoping we can still qualify," he said.

"Hopefully, we can do that but right now people should know the truth about what happened and not feed on lies that will make things worse for the team."

Nigeria are second in Group 2, two points behind leaders Tunisia with two rounds of matches yet to be played. Only the group winner will be on the flight to South Africa next summer.

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Comment by Eby Star on February 4, 2010 at 5:43pm
Yobo no fit talk lyk dat sha. I no am well well.
Comment by Inegbenijie Oziegbe on September 15, 2009 at 10:59am
NA U KNOW WHEATHER U CLUB OR NOT.
Comment by LATEEF ADEWALE on September 15, 2009 at 10:02am
na lie yobo dey talk
Comment by Chinyere Precious Anakor on September 14, 2009 at 11:09am
yobo but u pple really disgrace us dat day
Comment by COLLINS on September 14, 2009 at 7:58am
Weather they removed their soccer boots and laced on their dancing shoes to party around its only divine intervention that will make us to qualify for South Africa 2010. But it is a shame that in spite of being called giants of Africa, we may not have a ticket to the worlds most important football fiesta, that is stepping in for the first time in African soil. Let us bury what happened and find a way of working on our football house, which i believe is the cause of this problems we are facing at that moment.
Comment by Moore Eze on September 13, 2009 at 7:13pm
Maybe the media houses aim of publishing false news against Yobo was to extract their poundof flesh.
Especialy knowing fully well that Yobo as our defender should be held accountable for the defensive blunders. My advice is that he cool down or can take his case to HAGUE if he so desires.
Comment by JAMES ANNY on September 13, 2009 at 5:24pm
Go siddon for ground Yobo, una disgrace us well. You no deserve pity over de publish news.
Comment by ebenych on September 13, 2009 at 10:55am
these guys...let him sue...that they went to party is not seriously a worry for me...that they couldn't sustain their leading at 2:1 to give a leading in the group is bad enough and very worrisome for me...i'll be in SA for the world cup and i can't imagine enjoying it without nigeria being there...
Comment by KING AYO.1 on September 12, 2009 at 7:53pm
Dat na story. All i know is that a stich in time saves nine.
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