By Daniel Feliciano

26th May, 2023 | 1:10pm

Journalist apologises to Leeds United fans after being pranked by fake Victor Orta

A journalist has apologised to Leeds United fans after publishing a fake interview with former director of football Victor Orta online.

Orta left the club at the start of the month after the failed appointment of Javi Gracia left the club on the brink of relegation, but hasn’t spoken publicly since being relieved of his duties.

But after it was revealed that an interview with Mo Ibrahim (26 May) was actually fake, the journalist has now taken to his official Twitter account to explain what happened and apologise.

“Re ‘Orta Interview’: I published an article about a small talk with former Leeds director Victor Orta,” he wrote.

“It turns out that the person I spoke to wasn’t actually Victor and it was someone pretending to be him.

“The website the interview was published on has no responsibility as to what happened.

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“Things like this aren’t good of course and I’m aware of that. It’s not something that I’ve done on purpose and really apologise for. Thanks.”


Realistically we should have all known that the interview was fake as soon as we saw that Orta was accepting some fault for the things that have gone wrong at Elland Road.

Initially the interview said that he admitted some of his signings didn’t work and that Jesse Marsch should probably have been sacked during the World Cup break rather than after the January transfer window.

However he would never do such a thing and basically had to be pushed out of the club by the fans singing against him and everything going the opposite way to what he anticipated.

Eventually we’ll hear about why everything he did was right and why Leeds were wrong to sack him in his opinion, but the fact this interview wasn’t real and someone has misled this poor journalist is quite funny.

Ibrahim has got some good scoops in the past so hopefully this doesn’t effect him too badly, but at least he’s brightened up a tough week for fans.

In other Leeds news, a pundit has admitted he wants the Whites to be relegated.