A football club in Ireland, Ballybrack FC, faked one of its player’s death just to get out of the obligation of playing a game.
The player in question, a Spanish lad called Fernando LaFuente, said he was in no way involved in the ruse by his club
When the truth came out, Ballybrack FC apologized, calling the situation a “gross error of judgment”
They had reported that the player had died in an accident on the way home from training.
Everyone had believed it with their game against Arklow Town that weekend was postponed and other teams even held a minute of silence before their games.
According to LaFuente, he said the club had mentioned that they might claim he was in an accident as a way to avoid the game against Arklow.
He said he was unaware that his death was faked, “I was aware there was going to be some story on me but I thought it was going to be me breaking a leg,” he told Ireland’s RTE news.
“I was home yesterday after my work finished. I was playing some video games. Suddenly I got a call from work and they said what’s happened. They told me, ‘you’re a celebrity’.
“They started sending me all these news articles and mass media. And that’s how I found out I was dead.” Mr LaFuente said the club has since apologised to him.
“As soon as I heard the news, I wrote to them,” he said. “They got straight back to me and told me what was going on and they apologised.
“It’s serious on their part but I’m finding it a little bit funny. Because basically, I’m not dead. And no one has actually been harmed here.”
Ballybrack released a statement apologizing for the situation and saying: “At this stage we can only offer our sincere apologies to the Leinster Senior League, our opponents Arklow Town FC and the host of clubs and football people who made contact with us or offered messages of support in recent days.”