The 34-year-old married father of four is furious that Nathalie Koah, 24, has decided to go public about their passionate seven year affair.
She has insisted that she simply want to use ‘Revenge Porn – Football, sex, money: the testimony of Samuel Eto’o’s ex’ to warn others off sleeping with celebrities.
Ms Koah said she felt ‘humiliated and betrayed’ when the footballer allegedly leaked nude pictures of her to the media.
The book, which was due to go on sale today, claims the affair took place between 2007 and 2014, when Eto’o was at the height of his career with Chelsea, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan.
But lawyers for the former Cameroon international argued successfully that the book contravened France’s strict privacy laws.
Judges banned the book on Thursday, although lawyers for the publishers have now lodged an appeal.
Olivier Pardo, for the Paris-based ‘Editions du Moment’, told French news agency AFP:
“I’m extremely shocked and flabbergasted by this ‘totally unjustified’ decision.”
The book not only lays bare the life of Mr. Eto’o but also that of Nathalie Koah.
Ms Koah, who is from Cameroon, insists Eto’o published the intimate photos of her on the Internet as revenge when they broke up.
“I won’t let myself be knocked down. I’m a victim in this story. I’m not being allowed to tell the truth as it is.” In turn, Eto’o has accused her of ‘fraud and breach of trust’.
Eto’o, , married his childhood sweetheart Georgette in 2007, and the couple now have four children.