FIFA president Sepp Blatter and soccer's World Cup have joined the quickly increasing number of high-profile figures and organizations to become victims of Twitter hackers.
Soccer's governing body said Monday that the Twitter accounts of Blatter and the World Cup organizers had been hacked and that any messages implying that the FIFA president had admitted to corruption and stepped down were untrue.
Of course, anyone following either account closely may have suspected as much. While there were some serious-sounding tweets making allegations of corruption surrounding the controversial decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, other posts seemed a bit more tongue-in-cheek.
“We can confirm that some of FIFA’s Twitter accounts, including the account of the FIFA President and @fifaworldcup, have been hacked today,” FIFA said in a statement. “In the meantime, to avoid any doubt, we kindly ask you to verify and check any statements that you see on a FIFA Twitter account with the FIFA Media department.”