A harmless joke from Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has been enough to send a leading European football authority well off-piste this weekend, in quite comical fashion.
Robben joked that he'd been bitten by a crocodile after hurting hand during a circuit training session at Bayern's winter training camp in Qatar, but the message didn't quite translate as intended.
French publication L'Equipe were just one website who dearly wanted the crocodile attack to be a true story, running wild with a quick google translate before reporting that the Dutch superstar had been chased down by a rogue reptile after attempting to retrieve a ball from a nearby lake.
Lost in translation
Here's what Robben told Bild about the incident, with hilarious results: "When I got a ball from the hole by the pool, a crocodile bit me."
Rather disappointingly the 30-year-old was only kidding, he was infact hurt in a weights session. Why let that get in the way of a good story though, even if crocodiles aren't native to Qatar and wouldn't be lurking in a lake near Pep Guardiola's mid-season preparations for the Bundesliga's runaway leaders.
Google translate bites back
Before we run riot about Guardiola searching for added bite for his Bayern strikeforce it's an easy mistake, one which will probably bring a smile to Robben's face as friends from back home rush to pick up the phone and make sure he's ok.
Rest assured the flying Dutchman is fine, although it would be far more interesting if he'd spent his time in the Far East wrestling with alligators rather than simply getting ready to help Bayern's treble chase, which resumes once again later this month.
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