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Times of London sports writer gets fooled (and admits it)

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by didntdoit19, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. didntdoit19

    didntdoit19 Member

    Oliver Kay, the chief football correspondent for the Times of London and one of the country's most respected sports writers, reported that Qatar was planning a super tournament every other summer for the world's best club teams. If true it would have been a huge story that could have completely changed European football.

    As soon as he reported the story, there was speculation he had been fooled. A French satirical newspaper had printed something similar, and some thought Kay's story had been based on that. He denied that.

    Welp, turns out Kay's sources weren't credible, and the whole thing was untrue.

    The Times today came out with an apology, albeit behind a paywall. Kay himself posted an explanation on his Facebook page.

    The apology: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/football/article3715967.ece
    Kay's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OliverKayTimes

    Hopefully the paywall blocking the apology is lifted.
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