Former Nigerian/English footballer, John Fashanu has claimed that his wife of four years, Abigail Igwe tried to kill him after she claimed to see him having a threesome.
The 52 year old has said that his estranged wife went for him with a knife during a furious row at their home.
Fashanu who played for England and hosted Gladiators has been in a bitter divorce with Abigail.
Abigail, who is the mother of former Eagles captain Joseph Yobo's wife, Adaeze has denied these claims.
Their divorce will be played out in the high court in Abuja, Nigeria.
The 48 year old Abigail said: “Good riddance to bad rubbish! I’ve left him and washed my hands.”
Fashanu who now presents the Nigerian version of TV’s Deal or No Deal – said he had to call in police to protect him from knife-wielding Abigail and was devastated to find her in bed with another woman.
He said: “She attempted to use knives on me. It was terrifying. “My life was at stake, there’s no two ways about that. “Even if you did think I was sleeping with the maid, or even if you thought I was sleeping with Miss Nigeria, don’t kill me! Just leave me and go. The violence was just too much.”
6ft 2in Fashanu added: “My life was at risk and I didn’t want it to happen again. That’s why I filed for divorce.”
He said his wife's claim to have discovered him in bed with two other women – one of them their maid was wrong.
“I’ve been very fortunate to date some of the most beautiful women in the world,” Fash insisted. “I certainly don’t have to sleep with my cleaner!
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“This is me, John Fashanu, you’re talking to. It’s absolute nonsense. If she wants to make up that story, at least let her say it’s Beyoncé or someone.
“Don’t say it’s my cleaner, that’s just b******s. It’s not true at all.
“The truth is she’s been cheating on me with a woman she calls her spiritual partner.
“I caught them in the bed many times. That was why I kicked her out of my house.”
Fashanu also claims that Abigail stole money from him and security officers are currently trying to retrieve missing cash from Abigail.
He said: “I’m the one who is filing for divorce. I couldn’t stand her and, to be honest, she probably couldn’t stand me. With Abigail it was just money, money, money.
“I’ve never seen a woman who has such an appetite for money. Nearly one million Nigerian naira (around £3,300) was stolen from my house in Abuja. There are police reports you can see.
“There were so many assaults, it was just getting too much. It was absolutely ridiculous. She attacked me on multiple occasions. The whole situation was far too hot for me. There are some wonderful, wonderful women. It’s just that I met the wrong one.”
Abigail is a qualified lawyer and mother-in-law to former Nigerian football captain Joseph Yobo, and paints a totally different picture of the marriage breakdown.
The mother of four said: “John’s saying I tried to kill him? Oh my God, this is so funny. I don’t quite understand all this.
“How can I kill him? How can somebody like me kill this huge man who is an expert in karate. I don’t understand how I can kill him.”
Abigail denied ever going to his house armed with knives, she said “Oh my God, that is ridiculous.”
Abigail added said: “He didn’t kick me out of his house. We were living in my house. He couldn’t have kicked me out of my own house – I kicked him out.”
Of the woman concerned, she insisted: “She is a good friend to me. She has a husband and children. It is ridiculous. She was living with me for a while to get back on her feet.”
Abigail went on: “I caught him in bed with two women, the housemaid and one other woman. There were two women, it was awful.
“They were on the bed. They were undressed. I said to them, ‘Who are you and what’s going on here?’
“He told me that he doesn’t know what he’s doing and I should pray for him. He knows how to manipulate people, that’s one thing he is good at.
“I last saw him in April last year. I didn’t know he’d filed for divorce. He has been calling people asking them to plead with me to get back with him.
“I would have filed for divorce myself but I haven’t because I’ve been very busy. And he asked me not to because he did not want to make it known that we had separated.
“So I went on my way and I left him but I didn’t tell anybody anything.
“I’ve told him, ‘I don’t want you any more, I have forgiven you, I’m a Christian. But I don’t want you any more, just leave me alone.’
I don’t take him seriously. I don’t have time for him. If I should be angry at anyone, I should be angry at myself for descending so low as to enter into marriage with such a person.”
Responding to claims she stole money from Fashanu, Abigail added: “Anybody can say anything – but how can I go to his house and steal from him in his house?
“I wasn’t living there with him. He’s sick and he needs help.”
Abigail and Fashanu met in 2009. They married two years later but the relationship hit the skids last year.