At Soccerlens, Fredorrachi unravels the story of Masal Bugduv, a Moldovan teenage football sensation who was linked with a move to Arsenal and listed in The Times’ top 50 young footballers to watch. And who doesn’t actually exist.
Ok, so this one is quite amusing (and not on the same level as a lot of the poorly-written science stories). But it does show how good the net is at picking up and correcting these sort of things. And the importance of a good sub-editor. Although, in fairness, this was a pretty well put together hoax.
Mind you, football fans can be quite cruel. I can think of at least two occasions when Exeter City fans have started rumours about players that don’t exist on the unofficial message boards and the then manager(s) have been forced to deny in the local that they’re interested in signing said player.
It’s still nowhere near as funny as the time that Graeme Souness gave a debut to Ali “I’m George Weah’s cousin, honest” Dia at Southampton though.