Mesut Ozil's injury for Germany has sparked a spoof report which could well be considered in bad taste.
When is a joke not a joke?
A spoof report in the wake of Mesut Ozil's injury for Germany has certainly split opinion.
The story, by Nigerian website Fake9JANews, reads: 4 Arsenal Fans Commit Suicide After Ozil’s Injury Yesterday
"Unanticipated reports filtering from the Emirates stadium allege that Four Arsenal fans committed suicide last night.
"According to the club management, initial reports from the police states that they are not suspecting any foul play after observing the scenes and series of events preceding the time the unspeakable acts took place.
"All four acts took place between 10:25 – 10:30pm (local time) which is just after Arsenal’s play maker Mesut Ozil lowered himself to the ground before limping off in pains as his German side go on to win Sweden 5-3 in Stockholm.
"FNN was able to speak with an Arsenal fan, and he said: “I am not surprised they killed themselves, very few people can suffer for eight years and watch their only hope for salvage disappear, we all know the drill, Van Persie is one of the best players in the league, but while in Arsenal we couldn’t get trophies because he picked up long term injuries when playing for his country, Ozil is the reason behind Arsenal’s rise to the top of the EPL table, the witches have gotten to him now” he exclaimed."
A parody, in humour, that's pretty evident, but it does not mean it was in good taste and not everybody is laughing.
Suicide is a serious issue, and as many would agree, not to be joked about.
U dey believe dis useless bloggers?"@iDezlar: 4 Arsenal fans commit suicide after news of Ozil's injury. Now that's stupidity"— ▲NIGBO C K (@IgbooNG) October 16, 2013
Others to be fair did see the funny side:
A disclaimer on their website reads: "Fake9jaNews is a website dedicated to bringing you headline news with a twist of humour and jest. We aim to find the humour in the daily occurrences around us and present it to our audience in an informal manner by making a sort of parody of controversial issues and topics."
The good news is Ozil's injury seems pretty innocuous, and he could even be back in action this weekend. No need for Gooners to worry at all.
Bad taste or a harmless joke, what do you think?
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