Dog steals Sepp Blatter’s identity (and his seat on plane)
Yes, it’s a slow news day.
A couple of crafty pet owners have managed to bag their dog free flights across Africa after changing his name to ‘Sepp Blatter‘ and taking advantage of an offer in a South African newspaper.
Budget airline Kululu were recently forced to apologise after getting into trouble with FIFA over running an ad campaign claiming to be the ‘Unofficial national carrier of the You-Know-What’.
As you’d expect, FIFA demanded the airline withdraw the advert, prompting Kululu to publish an offer to fly ‘Sepp Blatter’ around Africa at no charge for the rest of the tournament, as a conciliatory gesture.
The South African Times picks up the rest of the story:
“Responding to an advert placed by the low fare airline in the Sunday Times, the dog’s owners pointed out that the offer didn’t specify which Sepp the ad referred to, so their pet was eligible to take advantage of the free flights,” Kulula marketing manager Nadine Damen said in a statement.
“Sepp, the dog, changed his name specifically to take up the offer.”
“We were somewhat surprised that instead of flying the president of Fifa around we’ll now be giving a seat to a Boston Terrier, but he’s really quite cute and very well-behaved, so why not?”
Sepp’s owners might also want to have a look at the $250k platinum gold ring Mr Blatter apparently has coming his way…