Irish football is today mourning the death of amateur footballer Fernando Lafuente Saiz, whose death was recently faked by Ballybrack FC to secure a match postponement. In a cruel twist of fate, the Spaniard died during a freak hang-gliding accident shortly after taking part in a radio interview during which he confirmed he was alive.
“Could be Fernando just doing a Fernando,” Irish international manager Mick McCarthy told Soccer on Sunday. “We all know what Nando’s like. Dead one minute, alive the next. Is he really dead this time? A piece of me hopes so, because I don’t appreciate being messed about.”
“But this is Fernando we’re talking about,” added McCarthy. “I won’t believe it until I see a corpse in the morgue, and poke it with a stick and sniff it or someth’.”
Football Association of Ireland CEO John Delaney insists that Mr Saiz is dead.
“Fernando’s brown bread,” he told Soccer on Sunday. “Do we have a body? No. Was his ATM card used since the accident? Yes, several times. Did someone claiming to be Fernando ring me to say he’s alive? Yes, it was actually a video call. Does any of this convince me that he’s alive? Of course not. The boy is dead. Move along.”