Hey gang, I don’t want this to become the Official DFL Hoax Blog, but I realize I should underline why this story is important. We still don’t know enough to reach any conclusions, and we need to be very careful to underline all the possibilities and permutations until the facts come in.
Whatever the outcome, this story should not be buried. None of the major papers seem to be including some recent details. Fair enough; they’re all pretty inconclusive on their own right. But it does involve the credibility of a major UK newspaper, the reputation of an established journalist, and the viability of unnamed sources. This doesn’t have to be some sort of journalistic “lesson,” but maybe a warning for those getting information that sometimes seems to good to be true.
My own hunch (and it’s just a hunch): I think someone’s been had in a big, big way. I’m also waiting for comment from at least one major Premier League club to confirm whether they were in fact approached by the Times to comment on this story.
In any case, my biggest fear is that the Times and others will let this story sit and then pretend like it never happened until the next “big rumour” comes out only to be denied and then never come to fruition.
The more I learn the more I have reason to believe that this was not simply an honest mistake. Someone isn’t telling the truth here. We need to find out who.