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Emotional Ivory Coast player sparks Internet hoax of father's death before kick-off

Published 20/06/2014 | 08:04

Ivory Coast's Geoffroy Serey Die cries during the playing of his national anthem before the World Cup match against Colombia
Ivory Coast's Geoffroy Serey Die cries during the playing of his national anthem before the World Cup match against Colombia
Ivory Coast's Geoffroy Serey Die cries during the playing of his national anthem before the World Cup match against Colombia
Ivory Coast's Geoffroy Serey Die cries during the playing of his national anthem before the World Cup match against Colombia

Ivory Coast international Serey Die was visibly overcome with emotion yesterday, with his public tears leading to an Internet hoax.

In the moments before Ivory Coast took on Colombia, cameras captured the midfielder openly weeping, overcome with emotion. Quickly stories spread that this was a result of the death of his father, who reports claimed had passed away just hours before kick-off.

The truth however was somewhat different.

Die's father had in fact died in 2004, and Die was weeping with the enormity of the moment.

On his Instagram account afterwards, Die cleared up any confusion.

“Hello, I just want to say that it's wrong what they all say, that I was moved because of my dad, but he died in 2004 and it was just the excitement of being in a World Cup and serving my country, Ivory Coast,” a translation of his comment read.

“I never thought one day I would be at this level of competition.”

The player also apologised for his mistake in the lead-up to Colombia’s second goal in the 2-1 defeat.

“Sorry for my mistake, I apologize for having disappointed you. I’ll come out on top. God bless you.”

Irish Independent

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