An Irish soccer team is under fire after allegedly faking a player's death, all in an apparent effort to skip an upcoming match.
According to RTE radio news in Ireland, the Ballybrack Fc player had moved back to Spain and knew there would be a story about him suffering an injury that would be distributed to the media to explain his absence.
However, he had no idea he would be reading about his own death when teammates sent him articles.
The false death report even went as far as the league holding a moment of silence at another team’s match to honor the player they thought had been killed in a car crash.
Ballybrack Fc's upcoming match was canceled out of respect for the team before the Leinster Senior Football League learned what really occurred.
A league representative told RTE News that it was "a very extreme move just to get a game off."
The team apologized about the “gross error of judgment” by a staff member and said they have been relieved of their duties with the team.
It's unclear how or if the team will be punished for the move.
Read their explanation and apology, in the post below.
Read the original RTE radio news story HERE.