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UNSUBSTANTIATED – ‘Possible Maddy McCann Sighting at Football Game Stadium’

by Brett M. Christensen


Viral social media message suggests that a picture taken from TV coverage of a European football game may show missing English girl Madeline McCann in the stadium audience.

Brief Analysis

At the time of writing, the claim remains unsubstantiated. The girl in the footage does have a strong resemblance to Madeline McCann. Some commentators have suggested that the pictured girl looks too young to be Madeline, who would now be eleven. So far, police have made no official statement about the possible sighting.



Please can everyone share this pic possible sighting of maddy it was taken of the TV as a camera spanned the stadium at a benfica game last night in Portugal

Madeleine Mccann Lookalike Message


Detailed Analysis

This viral social media message suggests that a young girl spotted in the stadium at a recent European football game may be missing English girl Madeline McCann. Madeline went missing in 2007 while on holiday with her family in Portugal.

The circulating message features an image of the girl along with a photograph of Madeline taken before she disappeared. The picture of the lookalike girl was captured from TV coverage of the May 14, 2014, Europa League final in Turin between Seville and Benfica.
A number of fans reported seeing the girl and took to social media noting her close resemblance to Maddy. Some claimed that the girl even had the same distinctive flaw in her eye.

The girl does look like Madeline. However, it remains to be seen if the sighting has any substance. As yet, there have been no official police announcements regarding the sighting.

Madeline would now be 11 and some commentators have pointed out that the girl sighted in the stadium looks younger. It also seems doubtful that perpetrators would take an abducted child to a very public event such as a football final.

As noted, some fans claimed to have noticed a flaw in the girl’s eye that looked like Madeline’s, although it is difficult to see the alleged flaw in the rather grainy circulating image. However, a May 18, 2014, New Zealand Herald article notes:

… a source close to the McCann family said although the girl in the photo bore some resemblance to images of how Madeleine might look now, the apparent flaw was in the wrong eye.

Madeleine’s defect – a dark strip on the iris – was in her right eye; the girl in the crowd’s appears to be in the left one.
‘What is encouraging is that it shows everyone is still looking for Madeleine,’ said a friend of the McCanns. ‘That will give her family great strength.’

There have been a number of reported sightings of Madeline since her disappearance. So far, none have been confirmed. Another message that went viral in 2013 suggested that a girl in New Zealand might have been Madeline. However, subsequent DNA tests revealed that the girl was not Madeline.

The football game where the lookalike girl was spotted took place in Turin, Italy, not Portugal as claimed in some versions of the circulating message.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,