The Times lands on its ass

I’m very taken with the Masal Bugduv story that Fredorrarci exposed as a hoax on soccerlens yesterday. In short, a couple of Irish soccer fans (or maybe just one) came up with the idea of inventing a 16 year old Moldovan footballer called Masal Bugduv.  They set to work seeding fake AP reports on Bugduv throughout the blogosphere.  Bugduv was going to be loaned to Cork City; Arsenal were interested; Benitez was all set to poach him.  They were so successful that he was listed at number 30 in the Times’s Top 50 Rising Stars list for 2009.  Masal Bugduv is a phonetic rendering of m’asal beag dubh, or my little black donkey in Irish, the name of a Padraic O’Conaire short story.  Run of Play have a piece on the connection here.

Timeline below.

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