Ex-FIFA Official Cites Onion Article in Self-Defense (Video)

Jack Warner holds up an 'Onion' print-out.

Jack Warner, who was among those indicted on federal corruption charges last week, held up a print-out from the satirical publication to make his point.

Soccer fans will presumably get a kick out of a former FIFA official's ill-conceived defense. 

Jack Warner, an ex-vice president of the soccer governing body, was among the 14 people indicted last week on corruption charges. On Sunday, Warner posted a video to Facebook in which he suggests that the U.S. is pressing charges against FIFA as retaliation for missing out on landing the 2022 World Cup.

In the video, Warner holds up a print-out of a satirical article from The Onion to make his point, presumably without knowing that The Onion is a humor publication. The title of the article, which was published shortly after news of the indictments broke, reads, "FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup In United States."

"If FIFA is so bad, why is it the U.S.A. wants to keep the FIFA World Cup?" Warner asked while holding up the Onion article. "I made the point to you over and over that all this thing has stemmed from the failed U.S. bid to host the World Cup."

The video is no longer available on Warner's social media pages. It can be seen below, with his comments about the Onion article coming at the 5:01 mark.