UnNews:American fails to understand soccer and highway code
15 May 2013
An American trying to dribble a football from Seattle to Brazil in time for the 2014 Brazil World Cup has died less than two weeks into his trip, demonstrating a lack of understanding of both the sport of soccer and the highway code.
Randy McNewman, a Scot who witnessed the accident said, "It was just like watching any other American playing football. Me and mah mates were pishing ourselves laughing, because he looked like my focking 6-year-old niece kucking the ball along. Anyway, he seemed to get confused when he got near a post box, and a really bad touch with his left foot meant the ball poked into the road, and he just ran after it and whack, that was it. Deed."
Swanson had set off from Seattle on 1 May aiming to raise money for the One World Futbol Project, a charity which donates durable footballs to developing countries. Unfortunately, Richardson was using a regular ball which was burst by the truck. Mountain Dew have, as a response to the tragedy, since established their own charitable initiative, called Balls to Africa.
Tellingly, however, a statement on Swanson's Facebook page said: "You made it to Brazil in our hearts, Richard. But to Oregon in our heads."
- Leverage, "US man dies dribbling football to Brazil World Cup" BBC, May 15, 2013