The Soviet newspaper Izvestia
reported that the Moscow Spartak soccer team was in negotiations with Argentine star Diego Maradona. On the table was an offer of $6 million for him to come play for them. If all went well, he would join the team within a year. The report was met with astonishment around the world — not because many people believed it, but because it was the first time the normally very serious Izvestia
had ever published an April fool's day hoax. Frivolity of this kind had previously been frowned upon by the Kremlin.