The latest accusations against international soccer governing body FIFA and its recently indicted executives all stem from the United States being upset over losing the rights to host the 2022 World Cup, according to former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, whose own allegations, unfortunately, stem from an article posted by The Onion.
Arrested on charges of money laundering and bribery, Warner is out on bail and going to extreme levels in order to defend himself.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, the Trinidad and Tobago politician cited a satirical Onion article, "FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup in United States," calling it evidence of an American conspiracy, without realizing the publication was purely fictitious.
The Onion article was published hours after the U.S. authorities indicted several of the world soccer association’s top officials.
There will be nothing this year that eclipses Jack Warner seriously citing THE ONION in terms of sheer perfect hilarity. Nothing.— Geoff LaTulippe (@DrGMLaTulippe) June 1, 2015
“I think it is pathetic and sad for me to be accused of deals in FIFA, which I am not guilty of. How do you justify, for example, that after all these, these accusations that the president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, has been elected for a fifth consecutive term,” Warner said, asking why the FIFA president wasn't in any trouble for the alleged corruption.
“I could understand the U.S. embarrassment,” he continued, talking about how U.S. was upset that it lost the bid to host the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, adding that the country should learn to take its “losses like a man.”
He also accused the United States of hypocrisy for accepting the right to host the (fictional) “Summer World Cup, 2015, from the very same organization that they are accusing of being corrupt.”
“If FIFA is so bad, why is it the USA wants to keep the FIFA World Cup? Why is it they began games on May 27th? May 27th, two days before FIFA elections. Why is it the U.S. authorities sought to embarrass FIFA in Zurich? Something has to be wrong,” Warner added.
What’s actually wrong was his news source. Hopefully he’ll double check his sources from now on to avoid any further gaffes.
The confusing video statement was removed shortly from the social media account. However, a video of a frazzled looking Warner holding up a printout of The Onion piece is available on the YouTube.
Warner isn’t the first to fall for a spoof article published on the satire website, and most probably, won’t be the last.
Not too long ago, a Chinese newspaper published an article congratulating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on being named the year’s “Sexiest Man Alive” following up on a fabricated report published by The Onion.