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Until just a few days ago, former Vice President of FIFA Jack Warner was apparently unaware that the popular American satire newspaper The Onion is not, in fact, real news.
While defending his tenure as FIFA’s vice president in a video, Warner cited a recent fake report by The Onion that claimed FIFA, which is the principal governing body of international soccer competitions, had “frantically” announced that the United States would now be hosting The World Cup this year.
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A former FIFA executive accused of soliciting bribes in the corruption case brought by U.S. authorities against world soccer officials, wants to know why the United States is hosting this year’s World Cup if it dislikes soccer’s governing body so much.
Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who is from Trinidad and Tobago, has denied the charges against him and was granted bail after surrendering to authorities in his home country on Wednesday. In a video posted on his Facebook page, which has now been taken down, Warner holds a newspaper and says FIFA “has frantically announced” the United States is holding this summer’s World Cup.
“If FIFA is so bad, why is that the USA wants to keep the FIFA World Cup?” asks Warner, who maintains the charges against him and other FIFA officials stem from U.S. frustration over the country’s failed bid to host the event.
But Warner might want to check his sources. The next World Cup is not until 2018, in Russia, and the paper he holds up in the video is the Onion, a satirical U.S. publication.
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