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Fernando LaFuente Speaks After Ballybrack Claim He Was Dead

Fernando LaFuente Speaks After Ballybrack Claim He Was Dead

Fernando LaFuente has explained how he found out about Ballybrack FC's claim that he had died.

The club, which plays in the Leinster Senior League, announced that LaFuente - who had played with them in the past but has since moved to Galway - had been killed in a car crash. It was done in an attempt to get a game against Arklow Town cancelled.

"I was aware there was going to be some story on me," Spaniard, LaFuente, told RTÉ Radio One's Today With Sean O'Rourke.

"I thought it would be me breaking a leg.

"I was yesterday at home, after my work finished, playing some video games. I got a call from work and I was like, 'Oh, what's happened?'

"They told me, 'You're a celebrity' and I was like, 'Why is that?' They started sending me all these news articles.

"That's how I found out that I was dead."

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LaFuente confirmed that he had been removed from the club WhatsApp group in recent days.

I knew something was going on. They told me, 'Oh, Fernando, in case you see maybe the league posting something on Twitter saying you had an accident.' I thought it was going to be a 'breaking a leg' kind of accident.

I've had a good relationship with them. They took care of me really good while I was there.

"As soon as I heard on the news, I wrote to them," continued LaFuente.

"They got straight back about what's going on. They apologised for everything.

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

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