Leinster League to decide disciplinary action over fake death claim

Leinster League to decide disciplinary action over fake death claim

The Leinster Senior League will decide whether or not to take disciplinary action after Ballybrack falsely reported that one of their players had died.

The club informed the league last week that player Fernando Nuna La Fuente had tragically passed away last Thursday, leading to their game against Arklow Town being suspended and saw the rest of the league hold a minute’s silence in his honour.

However, it is has since come to light that those claims were in fact false, and the Leinster Senior League are now considering taking action against the club.The player himself featured on RTE Radio 1, saying he was unaware that the club would claim that he had passed away.

"I was aware there was going to be some story on me but I thought it was me going to be breaking a leg or something really senseless, but no, it wasn't," he said.

"As soon as I heard on the news [about the fake death] I contacted them and they got straight back to me and told me what was going on, and they apologised.

"It's serious on their part but I'm finding it a little bit funny because basically I'm not dead and no one has actually been harmed here.

"I'm in Galway now. I was playing for Ballybrack and I had to leave Dublin because my work offered me relocation to Galway so I moved from Dublin to Galway so that's why they used my name because I'm not there anymore."

The club have since released a statement on their Facebook page, saying: "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.

"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.

"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."