What's the fastest way to get out of traveling to another town for a football match? A team death! The Irish Leinster Senior League is dealing with the fallout from the Ballybrack team reporting the death of their player Fernando Nuno LaFuente in a traffic accident, which postponed Ballybrack's game in Arklow last month. Not only did Ballybrack not play, but there was a moment of silence and the other participating teams wore black armbands. Players and fans mourned the loss of LaFuente on social media. Meanwhile, LaFuente, who had simply moved from Dublin to Galway, watched the scheme unfold. He thought it was funny, but made sure to call his mother about the hoax.
The Spaniard, who has moved to Galway and no longer plays for Ballybrack, said the club contacted him last week to let him know he may hear reports he had been involved in an accident.
He added: "I was aware there was going to be some story on me but I thought it was going to be me breaking a leg or something like that.
"I was at home yesterday after my work finished. I was playing some video games. They told me: 'You're a celebrity.'
While it's not clear who came up with the cunning scheme that had totally unforeseeable consequences, Ballybrack's secretary has since resigned. Why did Ballybrack want to avoid the game? LaFuente doubts they were afraid of playing Arklow.
"I think they had a rough time getting players," he said.
"They don't play football professionally. Most of them have regular jobs and some of them work in the UK. I think that was the issue. It was nothing major."
-via Oddity Central