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Football club apologise after lying about player’s death

A football club from Ireland have apologised after they falsely said that one of their players had died.

Ballybrack FC told the Leinster Senior League that their Spanish player, Fernando Nuno La-Fuente, had died in a traffic accident.

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Their game against Arklow Town on Saturday was postponed and a minute’s silence was held before other fixtures were played.

 

Both teams observing a minute silence in memory of Ballybrack player Fernando Nuno La-Fuante who was killed in a traffic…

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Incredibly, it has emerged that the ‘dead’ footballer was in fact alive back in Spain, causing the league, who even placed a death notice in a newspaper, to launch an investigation.

Ballybrack FC said earlier this week: “It has come to the attention of both the club, senior players and the management team that a gross error of judgement has occurred emanating from correspondence sent from a member of the senior set-up management team to the Leinster Senior League.”

“An emergency meeting was held and the person in question has been relieved of all footballing duties, within Ballybrack FC, its senior team and roles within the club itself.

“The club has contacted Fernando to confirm his whereabouts, wellbeing and are thankful for his acceptance of our apology on this matter.

“This grave and unacceptable mistake was completely out of character and was made by a person who has been experiencing severe personal difficulties unbeknownst to any other members of the club.

“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.”

The chairman of the league has told RTE that the club’s secretary had resigned on Tuesday: “The young lad didn’t die in a motorbike accident last Thursday. He went back to Spain four or five weeks ago apparently.”

“The Leinster Senior League rang yesterday morning. We wanted to show our sympathies and go to the Mass and maybe meet the family and see what we could do to help in this horrible situation.

“And we were told he was flown back to Spain on the Saturday. Straight away, that rang alarm bells for us. How would you die early on Friday morning and be flown back to Spain on the Saturday?

“We checked the hospitals, we checked everywhere. Nobody could find anything about this young fella. Obviously, some of his team-mates released stuff on social media saying he went back to Spain four weeks ago.”

The Leinster Senior League released a statement: “The Leinster Senior League will co-operate with all relevant agencies in the investigation of this matter and the league will also deal with this issue through their own internal disciplinary procedures.”

After the news came out, a parody account named Ballybrack FC mocked the story with the following tweets…

 

Ever since the story came out, football fans have not only given their reaction but have also flooded Twitter with hilarious memes – take a look at what they’re saying on the next page.

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