I Want My Ballybrack, Ballybrack…

An Irish soccer club has some explaining to do after they claimed one of their players was dead in order to reschedule a match.

According to Raidió Teilifís Éireann, a public broadcasting service in Ireland, Ballybrack FC falsely told officials with the Leinster Senior Football League that one of its players had died in a “traffic accident” on Thursday night. The league subsequently postponed Ballybrack’s game on Saturday and held a moment of silence for the player at all of its other games over the weekend.

Then the league discovered that the player, Fernando LaFuente, was in fact alive.

LaFuente told RTE that his full-time employer, a software company, had simply relocated him from Dublin to Galway. Ballybrack apologized on Facebook for what it described as “a gross error of judgement” and announced that “the person in question has been relieved of all footballing duties.”

Maybe the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers can try this to be exempt from the rest of their pitiful seasons?

4 thoughts on “I Want My Ballybrack, Ballybrack…

  1. I did a job in Indonesia back in the ’90s that provided me with a housekeeper ( I was on family status). She cooked meals and cleaned the rather large house the company rented for me, kept the locals from coming in uninvited, and did the shopping for me.

    After living there a couple of months, I saw her crying in the kitchen one afternoon, and asked her what was wrong.

    “My father died, and I need to go back to my village, but I have no money saved,” was the reply. I expressed my sympathies and asked how much money she needed to travel back to her village. About $20 was all she needed, and a long weekend, so I gave her a week and twenty bucks in the local currency.

    A couple of months later, the same thing happened. Her father had died and she had no money. So I did the same thing again, gave her a week off and twenty bucks.

    The third time it happened, I just said, “He seems to do that a lot.”

    She didn’t get the joke at all.


  2. TXNick – It’s like Klinger from MASH. “Half of the family died, other half pregnant.”

    Cathy – I’m sure he did, too.

    Mike – “Look, we didn’t want to play the game, but we were tired of using ‘the dog ate our plays’ excuse again.”


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