A bad combination, at least for Moussa Sissoko, the club’s highest profile player gives a big interview over in France, in the middle of a 16 day period without (proper) football….or news.
With nothing to write about, newspaper column inches with nothing to fill them, other than Wayne Rooney scoring penalties against pub teams to get him a step closer towards a meaningless record.
Little wonder there was mischief in the air…
The real headline of the Moussa Sissoko interview (for Newcastle fans anyway) with France Football, was the revelation that the club had ‘vetoed’ any summer move for the French international (backing up Lee Charnley’s claim that Newcastle had refused to sell their best players), with Sissoko then evading the question when he was asked whether he had an agreement with the club that he could leave next summer.
The interview was covered on The Mag and the veto/release was naturally the heart of the story.
However, with nothing to fill the papers, journalists started to carve up the interview and we have seen a rather ludicrous development, with one question and answer totally taken out of context and distorted.
A comment by Moussa Sissoko about ‘big’ clubs with a bigger profile was then twisted, to claim that the Newcastle player was saying that Crystal Palace were a ‘bigger’ club than NUFC. The reality of course being that he was talking about a number of players and the clubs they are playing for, or have played for, referencing the likes of Juventus, Manchester United and PSG – not Crystal Palace, as clubs who feature in the Champions League and spend big money.
It has now taken an even bigger step down into the realms of fantasy, with Moussa Sissoko being pilloried by some of the media for a clearly humorous comment he made it at the end of the interview.
This is the part of the interview as reported by The Mag, that this latest distortion is based on:
What is your view on the spending spree of English clubs this summer?
It’s unbelievable. When I see some transfers , I think that’s huge. Some transfers amaze me …
How much is Moussa Sissoko on the market?
If I was club president, why not 100 million (he laughs)!
Incredibly, some journalists have deliberately taken this out of its true context and made it look as though Moussa Sissoko arrogantly thinks he’s worth 100m euros (approx £70m).
They have totally misrepresented the comment, this conversation was about the ludicrous transfer fees Premier League clubs have paid this summer.
They then take out the reference ‘he laughs’ and instead of it being a throwaway bit of ‘French humour’, it then becomes Sissoko supposedly thinking he’s all that and worth £70m.
As they know it will, the distorted comments then provoke supporters to slag off Moussa Sissoko, about something that he didn’t really say…
They then turn that into yet another article…’Fans react to Moussa Sissoko claims that he is worth £70m’!!
You quite literally couldn’t (or is that ‘could’?) make it up.
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