Lyon release statement confirming Mathieu Valbuena is still alive

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Lyon's poor start to the season has just taken a turn for the bizarre after they were forced to release a statement confirming Mathieu Valbuena is not dead.

The 32-year-old is very much alive, despite fans taking to Twitter offering their condolences due to an unkind rumour that had started doing the rounds on social media.

No-one claimed to know what had caused his 'death', but the club quickly moved to set the record straight, hitting out at the trolls who had sparked the worry over the attacking midfielder's wellbeing.


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Lyon's official Twitter account posted a series of messages reading:

"Mathieu Valbuena is happily alive contrary to what vile individuals peddle on Twitter.

"Olympique Lyonnais is horrified at such a shameful and inhuman act."

It's not clear what started it all off - whether it was a misunderstanding, or simply a malicious rumour intended as some sort of Halloween prank, but unfortunately, it does appear to have been the latter, at least judging from how Lyon have reacted.

Drama continues for Valbuena 

Valbuena is presently in the treatment room, but thankfully, for nothing more serious than a dislocated shoulder.

His name will be familiar to those following the bizarre off-field antics of Karim Benzema, who allegedly tried to blackmail Valbuena over a sex tape, so hopefully he's used to being on the receiving end of unfortunate scandals.

The France international recently said he'd had a "s*** year", via Goal, but that was largely thought to be because he was overlooked by Didier Deschamps for Euro 2016, in which the hosts reached the final.

This must have just topped it all off for him.

Will Lyon recover from their poor start to the season? Have your say in the comments. 

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