make (one) the scapegoat (for something)

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make (one) the scapegoat (for something)

To wrongly attribute all of the blame for some negative situation or outcome to one particular person, whether or not they deserve some (or any) of the blame at all. Once it was discovered that I played a part in developing the company's scheme that robbed millions of people of their pensions, the mainstream media made me the scapegoat for the whole thing. Instead of trying to make someone the scapegoat for this problem, why don't you spend that energy trying to come up with a solution?
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London, Jun 7 (ANI): Tottenham defender William Gallas has said he has proved his former club Arsenal wrong for making him the scapegoat for all their troubles.
Stepney spoke out yesterday, protesting his innocence and accusing Ferrari of making him the scapegoat, with some suggesting he has dirt to dish on his former employers.
Rather than taking personal responsibility as a failed leader during the Iranian hostage crisis, he turns to Begin, making him the scapegoat for his shortcomings.
But it could be too late as the fans are making him the scapegoat for an alarming slump.