Patrick Marcelino, a Brazilian footballer who plays for Ferroviária as a right back, has said he intends taking all the necessary “legal steps” to remedy the “very bad situation” Ghanaian lawmaker Kennedy Agyapong has put him in, by splashing his pictures on TV and social media, claiming the images are those of masked investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
In a short video on Facebook, Marcelino, said: “Listen, I’ve never been to Ghana. How can I be [Anas], I’m not affiliated to no political party, I don’t like politics…”, adding: “Right now because of this whole sh*t, my whole career is in danger. … [I’m] about to make some big steps and these guys are just freaking around with my pictures…”
Marcelino stressed in the video: “One more time, to all the people of Ghana, I am not Anas, I’m Patrick Marcelino, you can check me out on the internet, whatever, Google me”.
He threatened: “… And Kennedy, this will not be without any precautions, I will take the legal steps that will have to be taken to set this thing right, you better know that I will”. “All the words that are coming out of my mouth right now are very serious”, he warned.
Despite his anger at the lawmaker, the footballer found it necessary to say sorry to Ghanaians for the “misinformation”.
Mr Agyapong released pictures of his version of Anas as part of his campaign to unmask the award-winning journalist whom he has described as “wicked, corrupt, evil, blackmailer, thief” amongst other allegations.
Anas is billed to premiere his latest undercover work which he did with the BBC concerning corruption in Ghana’s football.