Footy club apologises for falsely announcing player's death
AN Irish football club has apologised for falsely claiming a player had died in a road accident in order for a match to be postponed.
Leinster Senior League officials postponed Ballybrack FC's clash with Arklow Town after they were notified of the death of player Fernando Nuno La Fuente.
Moments of silence were even held across the league with condolences sent to Ballybrack FC and the player's family.
La Fuente, however, was found to be alive and well in his home country of Spain.
Condolences to everyone involved at Ballybrack FC on the tragic passing of their player making his way home from training on Thursday night. All at Rush Athletic express our deepest sympathies.— Rush Athletic Senior (@RushAthleticFc) 24 November 2018
Ballybrack FC issued a statement taking responsibility for the "grave and unacceptable mistake", and that a senior club official had since been "relieved from all footballing duties".
"It has come to the attention of both the club, senior players and the management team that a gross error of judgement has occurred emanating from correspondence sent from a member of the senior set up management team to the Leinster Senior League," the statement reads.
"As of this evening an emergency meeting was held and the person in question has been relieved of all footballing duties, within Ballybrack FC, its senior team and roles within the club itself. The club has contacted Fernando to confirm his whereabouts, wellbeing and are thankful for his acceptance of our apology on this matter.
"This grave and unacceptable mistake was completely out of character and was made by a person who has been experiencing severe personal difficulties unbeknownst to any other members of the club.
That's Liffey Wanderers holding a minute's silence for a player Ballybrack FC said had died in a car crash but was actually alive and well in Spain. pic.twitter.com/uF0ofGILg1— PJ Browne (@P_J_Browne) 27 November 2018
"The club will continue to provide a duty of care to all parties and offer the support that may be needed at this time. This person had previously contributed greatly to the senior team within the club in recent years and to the wider footballing community across Dublin for decades.
"At this stage we can only offer our sincere apologies to the Leinster Senior League, our opponents Arklow Town FC and the host of clubs and football people who made contact with us or offered messages of support in recent days.
"The past few years has seen good progress made in regards to renewal of senior football in the Ballybrack area. We are all taken aback by this event and hope to try work with all relevant organisations and agencies to learn from this mistake."
SIMULATION— máirt (@HolyHonda49) 27 November 2018
Ballybrack player sees red for going down in the box. pic.twitter.com/qsBVpZXNpf
The league itself also released a statement, placing the blame solely onto the club.
"The Leinster Senior League would like to acknowledge that the notification of the death of a Ballybrack FC player as shared with all member clubs and media partner is without foundation," the league statement reads.
"The Leinster Senior League acted in good faith at all times and when notified by a representative of Ballybrack FC as to the death of a member player we immediately offered our heartfelt condolences and also shared the sad news with all other LSL clubs in order for them to offer their own individual condolences.
"We are glad to hear that the player is in good health and has returned to his native Spain.
Best returns from the dead in history, a ranking :— baz brock (@Bazzyb85) 27 November 2018
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)
"The Leinster Senior League will co-operate with all relevant agencies in the investigation of this matter and the league will also deal with this issue through their own internal disciplinary procedures.
"The Leinster Senior League would like to offer their sincerest apologies for any distress caused as a result of notifying clubs as to the demise of a valued player.
"The league acted in absolute good faith with the information supplied by the club and only had the welfare and interest of those affected by the reported 'tragedy' as our uppermost concern at all times."