Viral images of football pitch submerged by flood not of Lekan Salami but Hillsborough


BARELY 24 hours after the Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde commissioned the remodelled Lekan Salami Stadium,  Adamasingba, Ibadan, the state capital, mixed reactions have trailed the stadium some people described as water-logged.

Although, the roof of the stadium was reportedly leaking and part of the pitch water-logged during the official commissioning of the stadium, a picture has, however, emerged on social media, with people claiming it emanated from the Lekan Salami Stadium.

A Facebook user, Abdullah Ayofe Olaniyi, shared the picture of the pitch submerged by flood, claiming it is that of the recently commissioned Lekan Salami Stadium.

“FLASH: Omituntun International Stadium, Ibadan, Oyo State. Engr Se*yi INAROBO , you are doing well 5. 5billion,” his post read.

The post, which was shared on Thursday,  September 2, has gathered 220 shares, 186 comments as of 12noon on Friday, September 3, 2021.



Lekan Salami pitch submerged by flood.


Screenshot of the viral images of Lekan Salami Stadium shared by the Facebook user.


Checks by the FactCheckHub show that the picture emanated from the 2007 flood incident at the Hillsborough pitch of Sheffield Wednesday, located in South Yorkshire, England and not that of the Lekan Salami Stadium in Adamasingba, Ibadan.

A Google reverse image search conducted by the FactCheckHub shows the image first hit the internet on June 26, 2007, when Sheffield Wednesday’s pitch known as Hillsborough was submerged by flood.

According to a Dailymail report, Sheffield Wednesday was forced to close the Hillsborough stadium after it was submerged with heavy floods.



The viral image of a football pitch submerged by floods and shared by a Facebook user was that of the 2007 flood incident at the Hillsborough pitch of Sheffield Wednesday in England, and not that of Lekan Salami Stadium, thus making the claim FALSE.

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