Clickbaiting death is online football media’s latest low as newspapers show their respect

Newspapers are rightly dominated by the scenes in Paris, while websites happily click on the death of a young woman…

Oh Carol
Two days after the Champions League final and one day after the Championship play-off final, what is the biggest story in football according to them The sun football site?

Andy Carroll’s fiancee Billi Mucklow deletes footballer from WhatsApp over bachelor party antics after ‘crisis talks’

Yes that’s right; The biggest story in football on Monday morning is that Andy Carroll’s partner – who is out of contract with West Brom at the end of next month – has changed her WhatsApp profile picture. Which apparently represents “swipe”. It turns out that Mediawatch regularly and unwittingly “erases” her wife.

On a day when The Sun newspaper With page after page devoted to what happened to Liverpool fans in Paris, we can only imagine what their army of reporters are thinking when they open the site to see Carroll’s rumbling mug and a headline about a damn WhatsApp profile picture .

It’s a seriously gloomy day like anywhere else The Sun websiteshamelessly click on the death of a young woman who happened to be married to an obscure Mexican soccer player.

This really is one of the worst headlines we’ve ever seen:

‘Mystery as the former Chelsea star’s young wife dies leaving a two-year-old son behind, sending the football community into shock’

Where to start That ‘former Chelsea star’ is used to describe a footballer who literally never played for Chelsea?

Or using the word ‘secret’ to suggest something controversial or salacious, when really it just means that Macarthur FC – who now plays for the largely unknown Ulises Dávila – has not announced her death. Mainly because that would be a gross invasion of privacy.

Secret? The real mystery here is how anyone waved this shameless shit through.

And of course they are not alone. Here it comes post:

‘Mystery as award-winning former Chelsea football star’s young wife dies – leaving behind their two-year-old son and sending Australian football into shock’

Four words for you: F*** the f*** off.

shock tactic
‘Man Utd star James Garner wanted by Leicester and Everton in shock transfer for Nottingham Forest loans’ – The sun.

Hands up to anyone who is ‘shocked’ that a young midfielder who has excelled in the Championship but is untested in the Premier League is being sought by likely midfield clubs?

none of you? no one? Congratulations for you are not absolute numpies.

Sad songs say so much
Over at the mirror websitethey hired one of their many “Sports Agenda Writers” (it’s still hard to believe that’s actually someone’s job title) to bring them a Sadio Mane update, so here we are on Monday morning:

‘Liverpool influence Sadio Mane talks after Bayern boss’ transfer statement’

Has a Bayern boss made a transfer statement to Sadio Mane? does he have balls

But what happened – on April 25, over a month ago – is this The sports director of FC Bayern Munich, Hasan Salihamidzic, has issued a “transfer statement” about Robert Lewandowski.

And in the land of the Mirror agenda, that means ‘Liverpool have sway over Sadio Mane talks following Bayern boss’ transfer statement’. On May 29th. Because Sadio Mane is a trending topic.

Hard to decide if that’s better or worse than claiming that Andy Carroll’s partner’s WhatsApp profile picture is football news.

Not quite on the same page
ian ladyman, Daily mailp. 71: ‘TThere have been some strange observations here since Real somehow found a way to beat Liverpool at the Stade de France. Some have said Klopp has been ‘passed’ by Ancelotti. Others have made much of Liverpool’s failure to score in each of the three finals they have played this season. They of course beat Chelsea on penalties in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup finals.

martin samuel, Daily mail, p. 72: “Liverpool have played football for five and a half hours in three cup finals this season and have not scored a goal. They’ve also won a single game against an underperforming, exhausted city in an FA Cup semi-final in nine games against the top four clubs in all competitions – Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham. They haven’t lost either, but a record of P9 W1 D8 suggests the elite managers – Pep Guardiola, Thomas Tuchel, Antonio Conte – have figured out what Liverpool are doing and how to adjust to it, no more often than against them not to lose.’

fight, fight, fight.

But Ladyman isn’t in favor of abandoning the idea that Liverpool and Klopp did nothing wrong in Paris, although he reluctantly writes that “iIt would be wrong to say that Real didn’t deserve their final victory”, admitting that Real “could prevent Liverpool from scoring, only the second team to do so this calendar year”.

What kind of euphemism for the fact that Chelsea did it twice – in two finals – and also that Arsenal did it in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg. So this is the fourth time this calendar year that Leicester does nicely on December 28th. So Liverpool have actually been prevented from scoring five goals in five months, which really doesn’t sound all that impressive.

Much luck
Those of you who got a little bored watching Liverpool play Real Madrid should beware Liverpool echo are here with an update:

‘Liverpool could face a Real Madrid rematch as the road to the Champions League becomes clearer’

she could. But you could also compete against Eintracht Frankfurt. AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-German, Porto or Ajax. This is how a tie works.

Over at the Manchester evening news they got the same reach memo…

“Man City’s Champions League group position and potential opponents confirmed after Liverpool lose final”

Lots of words follow to explain that Manchester City basically can’t face Ajax now.

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