An Iranian state news agency called the Young Journalists Club (YJC) recently broadcast a fabricated story alleging Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo referred to Israelis as “the most hated” soccer fans and “assassins,” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported on Monday.
YJC used doctored video footage of Ronaldo from previous years to create a fake news report aired on June 15 via Iranian state television. The news agency falsely dubbed Ronaldo as saying the following in a 2016 video: “Israeli football fans, for me, are the most hated. I cannot tolerate them. I won’t exchange my shirts with assassins.”
This quote differs entirely from the original comments spoken by Ronaldo in English in the 2016 video clip in question, which was recorded by