Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez is the latest victim of online hacking after a Facebook post claimed he was leaving football.
A post emerged via Mahrez’s verified Facebook page late on Tuesday, suggesting the Algeria international was retiring.
A picture of Mahrez was uploaded to the popular social media platform, with an accompanying caption, which read: “After the last consultation with many doctors, I’ve decided to stay away from football.
“As my time as a football player comes to an end, I would like to say few words.
“I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city. You will be always in my heart.”
It was Mahrez’s first Facebook post since February 24 – when the Algerian wrote: “Ready to play #LCFC #premierleague #kingpowerstadium” – and it sent social media into a storm regarding the Algeria international’s future. Leicester City, however, were quick to insist that there is no truth in the post.
“I can confirm that Riyad’s page was hacked and that the post is not genuine,” a Foxes spokesman told Omnisport.
“We are working with Facebook to have it removed.”