Accused former FIFA exec cites The Onion in defense video

The soccer organization’s former vice president, Jack Warner, repeatedly pointed to an article from the satirical website as though it were real news.

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If you’re planning a video to straighten out the facts in the wake of a crisis, be sure to check your sources.

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who was among the group of current and former arrested last week on corruption charges, apparently didn’t do that when he posted a video in his defense on his website Sunday. In the video, Warner repeatedly cites an article from The Onion which jokingly claims that FIFA announced a 2015 “Summer World Cup” in the United States.

“If FIFA is so bad, why is it that the U.S. wants to keep the FIFA World Cup?” Warner asks in the video. “All this thing has stemmed from a failed U.S. bid to host the World Cup.”

Warner argued that the corruption investigation was the result of “embarrassment” after losing a bid to get the 2022 World Cup, which was awarded to Qatar.

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