Fake News: FIFA NOT To Cancel French Victory Over Belgium After Arbitration Fault

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: FIFA NOT To Cancel French Victory Over Belgium After Arbitration Fault

Is FIFA looking to annul the French victory over the Belgian Red Devils in the semi-finals of the world cup in Russia? No, that's not true: the news was spread by a satirical French website, not by a real news source. Unfortunately for Belgium the French victory stands.

The story originated from an article published by Journal Des Insolites on July 10, 2018 titled "Urgent: la FIFA envisage d'annuler la victoire de la France pour faute d'arbitrage" (archived here) which opened:

Les Bleus ont défait les Diables rouges 1-0 lors de la première demi-finale de la Coupe du monde de football en Russie et se qualifient ainsi pour la finale

Les Français devraient retenir leur souffle et cesser de jubiler si tôt. Nous avons reçu des informations d'une source au sein de l'instance dirigeante du football que la FIFA envisage d'annuler la rencontre entre la France et la Belgique en demi-finales de la coupe du monde en raison d'un mauvais arbitrage.

Selon nos sources, l'association belge de football aurait déposé une demande d'annulation du match devant l'instance dirigeante du football mondial de la FIFA en raison des énorme faute d'arbitrage durant la rencontre.


Les Bleus defeated the Red Devils 1-0 in the first semi-final of the World Cup in Russia and qualify for the final

The French should hold their breath and stop celebrating too soon. We have received information from a source within the governing body of football that FIFA is considering canceling the match between France and Belgium in the semi-finals of the World Cup because of bad refereeing.

According to our sources, the Belgian Football Association has submitted a request to cancel the match to the governing body of FIFA World Football due to the huge arbitration fault during the match.

To the disappointment of many Belgians the website that posted the news carries following satire disclaimer so the story is not true:

24Jours.com assume toute la responsabilité de la nature satirique de certains de ses articles et de la nature fictive de certains contenus. Tous les personnages apparaissant dans certains articles de ce site Web - même ceux basés sur de vraies personnes - sont entièrement fictifs et toute ressemblance entre eux et toute personne, vivante, morte ou mort-vivante, est purement un miracle.

Si vous voulez des info vérifiées, veuillez regarder France24, CNN, BBC, RT, Euronews ETC. Nous espérons que vous apprécierez le site.

Translated version:

24Jours.com assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of some of its articles and the fictional nature of certain content. All the characters appearing in certain articles on this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.

If you want verified info, please watch France24, CNN, BBC, RT, Euronews ETC. We hope you enjoy the site.

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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