Ivory Coast national football squad and FC Basel (Switzerland) midfielder Serey Die cried right before the kick-off of Ivory Coast’s group match against Colombia in the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosted by Brazil.
Several European media outlets had reported that, on the same day, the 29-year-old Ivory Coast international had received the news about his father’s death.
After the match, however, Die refuted this information. “I would like to say that this is all a lie. My father died in 2004, whereas I was crying because of the great patriotism in me. I would have never believed that I will be able to partake in such a match,” Serey Die wrote in his Instagram account.