Fact Check: Viral Clip of Fan Throwing Paper Plane into Football Field Is NOT From FIFA World Cup 2022

The quarterfinals for the FIFA World Cup 2022 started on December 9, 2022. As the fans start gearing up for the mega event, a viral video of a fan throwing a paper plane to the ground in a football stadium is doing the rounds on social media. Users claim it to be from the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

A Facebook user posted the viral video with a caption: FIFA World Cup’s most spectacular goal till now… Enjoy…

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NewsMobile fact-checked the viral video, and found it to be misleading.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, we traced a YouTube shorts video, dated June 11, 2022 and titled: Paper Airplane Takes Flight at Soccer Stadium in Germany || ViralHog, published on the official account of Viral Hog a platform to buy and sell viral videos. 

As per the description, the video dated June 7, 2022 — was shot when a fan threw a paper plane during a match between England and Germany at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Another post, dated December 1, 2022, published on the official channel of USA Today an American news broadcasting company, with a title: Soccer fan scores a goal from the stands with a paper airplane | USA TODAY, matches exactly with the viral video. 

Also, we came across a news report, titled: Viral Video: Old Clip Of Fan Scoring “Incredible Airplane Goal” Resurfaces, published on NDTV, dated November 25, 2022. According to the article, the video was filmed during a UEFA Nations League clash between Germany and England in Munich’s Allianz Arena in June 2022. A bored fan made a paper plane from his match ticket and threw it on the field.

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral video, claiming a fan threw a paper plane into the football field during the FIFA World Cup, is misleading. 

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