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FIFA Spokesman Steps Down After Joking About Blatter Being Arrested

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FIFA Spokesman Steps Down After Joking About Blatter Being Arrested

Post by Admin on Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:33 pm

Suggesting once again that the FIFA saga might be beyond parody, the chief spokesman for world soccer’s governing body stepped down on Thursday, amid speculation that he was forced out for joking on Swiss television about the possible arrest of President Sepp Blatter.

The spokesman, Walter De Gregorio, “has decided to relinquish his office with immediate effect,” according to a statement released by the organization on Thursday.

Mr. Blatter was not mentioned in the brief press release, but it did include words of praise for the communications director from FIFA’s secretary general, Jérôme Valcke, who also featured in the joke Mr. De Gregorio told during an appearance Monday night on the Swiss channel SRF.

Asked if he had a favorite joke about his organization, Mr. De Gregorio said: “FIFA President Sepp Blatter, his director of communications and the general secretary are sitting in a car – who is driving?”

Jack Warner, a former vice president of FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, pointed to an article from The Onion in a video posted on his website on Sunday.Open Source: Ex-FIFA Official Cites Satirical Article From The Onion in His Self-DefenseMAY 31, 2015
Stumped, the talk show host Roger Schawinski asked, “And the answer is?”

“The police,” Mr. De Gregorio replied..................

Read further at link: nytimes.com

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