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Soccer match video edited to add anti-Biden chant

November 1, 2021 GMT

CLAIM: Video shows crowd chanting “F--- Joe Biden” during soccer game.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video was altered to add audio from a country music concert where the audience chanted the phrase. The original video shows a crowd at a 2016 soccer match between Argentina and Chile at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

THE FACTS: A TikTok video, supposedly showing a crowd chanting a profanity in reference to President Joe Biden during a soccer game, has received more than 600,000 views since it was uploaded last week. The clip has also circulated widely on Twitter in recent days.

But the video was altered to change the audio. On TikTok, users can take the sound from one clip and play it over the visuals from another.

In the soccer video, audio from an Aaron Lewis concert replaced the original sound. In the concert clip, the country singer, the former frontman of the metal band Staind, led his audience in the anti-Biden chant.

The footage in the soccer clip shows MetLife stadium packed with fans for the Copa America final on June 26, 2016, when Barack Obama was president. Similar photos and videos from the game can be found on social media.

The Associated Press reported at the time that 82,026 people attended the match, which Chile won.


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