Swiss tennis player Roger Federer has become the latest victim of social media hoax after an article published on netlivemedia claimed that he had met with a serious accident in Madrid. The article also claimed that the former world number one player "is in a critical condition at a major hospital in the capital city of Spain."
While many believed the news, a few netizens were quick to figure it out as hoax. "Apparently the @rogerfederer accident story is a fake! #phew," tweeted Anirudh Chaudhry. A few others with verified Twitter accounts also clarified it as fake news.
Social media users claimed that the photo used by the website is from a car crash that took place on the Pan Island Expressway in Singapore. "Roger #Federer has not been injured in a car accident. It's a fake article. Photo is from 2014 car crash in Singapore," reads a tweet.
The article published on netlivemedia even quoted the tennis player's publicist Carle Canos saying that Federer met with an accident while returning from a party with friends in the early hours. "He is very serious at the moment. Doctors are doing their best as I am currently speaking," Canos was quoted by the website.
Check out the social media responses here:
Seems like a hoax news being spread about @rogerfederer's accident .. kindly check before u panic!
The internet just made Roger Federer meet with an accident. Oh Well
Seems Roger Federer has been injured in a hoax accident.
@rogerfederer :The accident was a hoax. @ArvindKejriwal :But Roger, I need proof. RF:Look at me, I'm the proof. AK:Don't divert the topic.
The news of @RogerFederer in crictical condition after a car accident is fake ... What an Idoits World We Live #Shame #SorryForFedex
Who the hell is spreading rumours that Roger Federer is in Critical condition after car accident in Madrid Spain...must be some fed haters
The news of Roger Federer in critical condition is a hoax. The site used a photo of a car accident from 2014.
some hoax doing the rounds about Roger Federer in an accident and in critical condition.
Roger Federer sitting having tea, reading Twitter: "Roger Federer critical after car accident".
Meanwhile, here are few netizens who fell prey to hoax about Roger Federer:
Oh my god @rogerfederer met with accident can't even imagine shocking he's my hero He's a champion he will get well soon
I am being completely taken aback by the news about @rogerfederer , who met a car accident. I really hope that he'll be alright very soon.
Roger Federer In Critical Conditions After Serious Car Accident In Madrid, Spain. How true is this?
Tennis Legend Roger Federer In Critical Conditions After Serious Car Accident In Madrid, Spain