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African Star Retires From Int. Football After Being Sent Home

After being forced to return to his club during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, an African star has announced his immediate retirement from international football.

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Ex-Southampton and Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, along with Gabon teammates Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Axel Meye, was sent home from the tournament in Cameroon after a reported health scare.

The 28-year-old had reportedly been found to have "cardiac lesions", leaving him unable to compete in the competition after he missed both of his country's opening two matches.

There were rumours suggesting that he and his two colleagues were forced to return home due to disciplinary issues, but the player has now insisted there are "lies" being told about him as he announced his retirement from international duty.

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"I will not give oxygen to the lies that seek to harm me. I have nothing to do with that," he wrote on Instagram, according to Get French Football News.

"I feel bad for my national team to be surrounded only liars in search of clicks. Good luck to you for the competition and for the future challenges.

"Now out of sight but close to my heart. By wanting too much to solve the problems around the national team, you are the one who puts yourself in harm's way.

"Because all this wickedness has been in place for years. There is nothing more to be done… I definitively withdraw from the national team."

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