This morning John Oliver’s favorite organization, FIFA, officially announced the “resignation” of its PR chief Walter de Gregorio.
From the release:
“Walter De Gregorio has decided to relinquish his office with immediate effect as Director of Communications & Public Affairs.
Mr De Gregorio joined FIFA on 14 September 2011 and will serve FIFA on a consultancy basis until the end of this year.”
Translation: he got fired for making a joke at his employer’s expense on Swiss TV this week. Here’s the video (which is not in English):
The Guardian translates the joke with which de Gregorio ended the interview:
“The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, the director of communications and the general secretary are all sitting in a car – who is driving? The police.”
de Gregorio has a history of odd statements. Here’s what he said right after all the arrests that made headlines last month:
“This for Fifa is good. It is not good in terms of image or reputation but in terms of cleaning up, this is good … It is not a nice day but it is also a good day. The process goes on and we are looking forward.”
Our take: if you’re going to lose your job over a joke, at least make it a good one.
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