A soccer player whose death was falsely reported by his former club, Ballybrack FC, will not press charges and has claimed the amateur side from Dublin did it in order to get a game postponed.

Ballybrack, who play in the Leinster Senior League (LSL) in Ireland, announced that Fernando Lafuente had died on Thursday.

Lafuente played for Ballybrack FC last season and was no longer with the club after moving to Galway where he works in a software company.

Via Cadena Ser radio

“I’m alive and well,” he said “It seems like they wanted to get away from playing a football game and someone came up with the brilliant idea to kill me off considering I was no longer at the club and I’m living in a different city.

“They used me as an excuse not to play the game as the investigation has determined. The club said that I had died in a car crash but that they did not have a death certificate because they had sent my body in a coffin to Spain.” 

“The football league put an obituary in the local newspaper,” Lafuente said. “I only found out on Tuesday afternoon at 8 p.m. regarding what had happened after getting a call from my boss telling me that I was all over the news.

“He knew I was alive because he had spoken to me. I didn’t even know that at the weekend all the team captains in the other games wore black armbands and a minute’s silence was observed before the games in my honour.”

Lafuente said he has become a celebrity.

“People in Ireland have a sense of humour like we do in Spain and the memes started to arrive,” he said. “They put my face instead of that of Jesus Christ, another one said Fernando has returned from the dead.

“It’s all OK with the club. When I was there, they were very good to me. They would come and pick me up to take me to training. I now have received several offers to play in teams of the Galway area.”

This guy has a great attitude about all of this. He’s alive and famous, is there anything better than that?