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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..................
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