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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