The Facebook page by the name of Royston Drenthe, which sparked rumors that the Real Madrid player is moving to Liverpool, is fake.
Spanish paper Marca has confirmed that the page dosen't belong to the Real Madrid player. They also said that Liverpool and a host of other clubs are indeed interested in the wing back.
Surprising is how the mainstream media jumped on to a fake Facebook status update. Even credible sources like the Guardian also ran the news that Drenthe on his page has declared that he will join Liverpool.
Other papers like the Independent, the Daily Mail and sports website ESPN also published the news claiming Drenthe has said that he will be joining Liverpool.
Soon after the status was updated from the Fake profile, people took it for real and started commenting on it.
Some of them are: (Unedited)
- "nice one hope u do well for us and we have a successful season good luck"
- "Welcome to Anfield Road. You'll be Great there"
- "wat a great news 4 LFC.thanx dude, LFC the rite club 4 u... :)"
- "sin with Juventus you could become the new Edgar Davids"
Currently there are four pages by the name of Royston Drenthe. None of them actually belong to them.
Some papers, like this one, are still publishing the news as if the page was real, despite the fact that it has been denied by those close to the player in Spanish paper Marca.
Will the gossip hungry media keep jumping on status updates from fake Facebook page's or will sanity prevail?