Hours after U.S. authorities arrested nine current and former FIFA officials on corruption charges in a dramatic early morning raid, communications director Walter De Gregorio was the guy who faced the media on FIFA’s behalf at a hastily arranged press conference.
Two weeks later, De Gregorio is leaving FIFA. His resignation comes two days after he went on the Swiss TV show Schawinski and made a great joke at the expense of his now-former bosses.
The joke (h/t James Corbett):
Fifa president Sepp Blatter, the media director, and the general secretary are sitting in a car, who is driving?
Martyn Ziegler of the Press Association says that he heard De Gregorio was actually fired for the joke.
We’ve reached out to FIFA for clarification. In a statement, FIFA said De Gregorio “decided to relinquish his office with immediate effect.”
Here’s the clip:
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