The Dublin suburb of Ballybrack is trending on social media after its football club faked the death of one of their players.
Ballybrack FC had claimed that Fernando Lafuente Saiz was killed in a car accident on Thursday evening, so that they could avoid playing in the Leinster Senior League on Saturday.
Players at other games in the league wore black arm bands and observed minutes before their matches last week in honour of the still-alive Spaniard.
But it was revealed on Wednesday that the player is alive and well and was thankfully not involved in any road traffic accident, but had instead simply moved away from Dublin.
The bizarre episode has attracted global headlines and has been the talk of social media.
Predictably, there has been some hilarious online responses to the story now that we know Fernando is and has always been safe and well!
One user said: “Hope the league go easy on Ballybrack FC, it’s not like anyone died.”
A Ballybrack native stood up for his home place: “Poke fun at my Ballybrack heritage all you want but it’s the only place in the world where you’ll see someone brought back from the dead…in November.”
One person has Fernando at the top of the resurrection rankings:
“Best returns from the dead in history, a ranking :
5. Gandalf (Lord of the rings)
4. Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)
3. Kenny (South Park)
2. Jesus Christ (Jerusalem)
1. Fernando Nuno La Fuente (Ballybrack FC)”
Another thought the newly famous club could take advantage of some advertising opportunities.
Many have compared the scandal to Stephen Ireland’s notorious attempt to get out of an Ireland call-up by killing off one of his grandmothers.
One person tweeted: “Ballybrack have announced the signing of Stephen Ireland’s grandmothers.”
Another simply asked: “On what planet did Ballybrack think they were gonna get away with that?”
A life lesson from another user: “If this whole Ballybrack saga has taught us anything it’s if you’re going to fake a players death at least have a fake funeral as well, amateurs.”
There were more many more highlights too…
Ireland Simpsons Fans had a few goes…
Paddy Power love this kind of thing…
But special mention must go to this duo who wrote an updated version of Abba’s hit song “Fernando”.
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