FIFA’s top PR man made a joke about the corruption scandal and got fired

Who’s laughing now?
Who’s laughing now?
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There is an old adage that goes something like this: when you talk about your boss in public, make sure by the end of it you don’t get fired. Walter de Gregorio, FIFA’s director of communications, did not heed this advice.

He went on a TV show in Switzerland and proceeded to make a crack about his boss Sepp Blatter and the corruption crisis that has enveloped the world’s soccer governing body:

The FIFA president, secretary general, and communications director are all travelling in a car. Who’s driving? The police.

Following his appearance on the show, he was quickly forced to resign. De Gregorio apparently will continue to consult for FIFA but his deputy, Nicolas Maingot, will take over on an interim basis. Watch de Gregorio here make the joke that ultimately ended up costing him his job here:

The joke, of course, comes on the heels of several FIFA executives getting arrested in a pre-dawn raid, Blatter shocking everyone by stepping down as president, Interpol getting involved, the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup getting suspended—and a failed movie.

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