A FIFA independent body has launched an investigation in to claims Eusebio Di Francesco reloaded a previously saved game multiple times in order to achieve the perfect outcome against Barcelona. An outcome which saw his side progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
For those unaware, the tactic is simple yet seen by many as amoral. Just like in Football Manager or FIFA, you save your game a day or two before the match then quit and reload until you achieve the desired outcome.
“Let’s be honest, we have all done it,” said Chad Chadley, the FIFA taskforce leader. “Just save the game a day before a big match, play it out, reload, repeat until you win. But to do it in real life? It’s deplorable and almost certainly impossible. More a time travelling issue than a FIFA thing but here we are. The fact we are accusing him of doing this speaks volumes of how we do things at FIFA.”
“I once reloaded a game 87 times on Football Manager. I’m not kidding, 87 times. I was going for the English Hero achievement and couldn’t beat Barnet in the Championship Play-Off Final. In the end I just took the defeat. I imagine this is what happened with Juventus in their game against Madrid. It’s the only logical explanation.”
According to early indications, the FIFA report is set to accuse Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri of reloading his game against Real Madrid 16 times before deciding to ‘fuck it and move on’.
“Just reload the first leg,” said Chad Chadley. “Surely you reload the first leg. But, then again, who am I to tell Massimiliano Allegri how to time travel via video game exploits.”