Claudio Ranieri is the latest victim of fake news


Football is still in a stage of mourning after Claudio Ranieri’s sacking as Leicester manager.

It’s undoubtedly a little harsh to fire the greatest manager in the club’s history less than a year after their Premier League triumph.

Then again, such is modern football, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised.

Another bizarre phenomenon engulfing the game is that of ‘fake news’, not of the Donald Trump variety, but thanks to social media.

Whenever a big story like the Ranieri one breaks, it’s almost inevitable that some false rumours will start to circulate.

It certainly didn’t take long. A few days after his dismissal, and it’s been widely reported on Twitter that the Italian had given half of his payoff money to the Foxes Foundation Charity.

This may turn out to be true, but it hasn’t been verified by any sources, so it looks like another case of a rumour that has caught on like wildfire without any real reason.

The fact that Ranieri is such an all-round good guy makes it all the more believable, but there’s no indication as yet that the reports are genuine.

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