FIFA PR Chief Fired for Sepp Blatter Joke

It wasn't even a good joke.

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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Publish date: June 11, 2015 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT