If you have read my story behind starting this blog, you will undoubtedly understand why the press conference from Pep Guardiola today was particularly interesting for me. The Catalan ex-player and coach summarized everything that’s wrong with reporting in the World of football (and also in general) in a few seconds.
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To give you the backstory, the rumor mill has been churning stories about how Guardiola will replace Allegri at Juventus. A small whisper is all it takes for thousands of news websites to claim the Spanish coach would be Juventus’ next coach. Guardiola denied it in a concise and to-the-point answer.
“I would say that today the social media influences but I don’t understand it. Why the media for one, why Twitter says something and everybody in the big newspapers say Pep is going for the next four years to Juventus,”
“I don’t know why the people who say I’m going to Juventus don’t try to call me or my agent or Juventus or Massimo Allegri — I feel so sorry for Allegri.
“I have two more years and I’m not going to move, it’s impossible unless if they sack me and after I go home.
“If Manchester City wants me, I will stay here for two more years and hopefully another one. I am not going to Juventus for the next two seasons.”
These type of situations are now becoming more and more common in football journalism, where even reputable news agencies are printing click-baity falsehoods in the race to get likes, comments and consequently ad money.
As Pep said during his post-match press conference, the reporters did not even try to contact his team or Allegri’s to confirm the news was legitimate. As soon as a whisper emerges, reporters jump on it and attempt to portray it as a sensational piece of news.
How come they rarely get sued? It’s simple. The more reputable or wealthy companies will hide behind words like “allegedly” or “reportedly”. Even a question mark in a headline can absolve them of blame. The news agencies which are not so professional or profitable will not care as nobody will be likely to even consider suing them.
It is saddening the state in which sports journalism is now in. Social media and a lack of interest in quality reporting from both readers and writers have denigrated the art of sports writing.
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