FORMER Manchester United player Eric Bailly has said he has fallen victim of sickening threats by an agent claiming he has put a curse on him.
Bailly spent seven years at United, one of which was on loan at Marseille, and amassed 113 appearances until his departure in September when he joined Besiktas.
Eric Bailly has said he has fallen victim of sickening threats by an agentCredit: The Times
Bailly spent seven years at Manchester United before moving to BesiktasCredit: Getty
According to The Mirror, however, his time in Turkey kicked off on a sour note as an agent claiming he helped complete the centre-back’s move to Istanbul has accused him of owing him money.
The Ivory Coast international’s camp said that the unnamed abuser has sent him dozens of disturbing messages on WhatsApp.
Some of them include threats of legal action as well as physical violence as he warned him he will “send people” round to him.
The agent has also told the 29-year-old he has successfully cursed him after Besiktas’ recent 3-1 loss to Fenerbahce, which saw the defender being penalised for handball and conceding a penalty.
One of the abusive messages read: “I am happy to see what my curse is doing to you. You are not a man. You are a big Mickey Mouse.”
Another said: “I will not let you f*** me in my own country. You will see what happens after I open a fraud case against you.”
The issue has been reported to Besiktas who promised to report it to the police and Fifa could also get involved as they oversee agents.
Bailly is officially represented by his uncle Severin Bohui, who is a fully licensed agent, and is adamant the person abusing his nephew was in no way involved in the deal with the Turkish giants.
Bohui told The Mirror: “He’s not stopped sending him threats, messages and blackmails.
“He is insinuating Eric owes him some money, because he was part of the people who brokered his move to Besiktas. Therefore Eric should pay him some money.
“I asked Eric if he signed any intermediation contract with this guy, he said no.
“I also asked the club if they knew this guy or if they asked him to speak to Eric on their behalf, they also said no. Same old story of agents trying to barge in deals.
“One thing is for sure this guy has not stopped harassing Eric. He even sent him a message today after their defeat to Fenerbahce.
“He’s threatening to send people out to him so I don’t think blocking him will solve the problem. This is more of a security issue than a Fifa one.”