Friday, 1 April 2011

April Fools FA

Today is April 1st. All Fools Day. Many media organisations try to slip in bogus items in the hope they will catch out their viewers, listeners and readers. They make up stories such as the Panorama investigation into the Spaghetti tree or the Guardian’s creation of San Serife, a hidden island in the Atlantic. 
The Today programme had an item about 3D Radio. The Independent went with Portugal selling Ronaldo to Spain to help pay off their debt. The Guardian had a leading article waxing lyrical about the forthcoming Royal Wedding which had me going and there was a BMW advert offering a Royal Wedding ‘Special Edition’ car. 
The doozy of the day though was the report that the Premiership were going to improve the behaviour of players and managers, “Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has announced a crackdown on the "unacceptable" behaviour by players and managers towards referees.” BBC Online.
Now that really is an April Fools cracker.

Later (7-55pm) along comes this little gem to top the lot, "Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson claims the new Premier League initiative to encourage respect for referees is unnecessary, saying “I don’t think managers disrespect referees.” Telegraph online

You couldn't make it up.

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