Man United’s Marcus Rashford & Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen
The back page of the Sun on Tuesday touted an eye-catching transfer story involving Man United’s Marcus Rashford and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.
According to the Sun, Real Madrid are considering a £90m double swoop for the Tottenham and Man United players.
Rashford is valued at £50m, while Eriksen is priced at £40m.
Of course, the story seemed highly dubious.
£90m? That figure immediately set off big red flashing bells.
But then there is a far bigger problem with the Sun’s report.
It was credited to a journalist – Carl Long – who simply doesn’t exist.
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) November 19, 2018
The Sun’s fictional journalist Carl Long
Carl Long, the completely made-up journalist, has been outed on social media for some time.
Must admit was a bit surprising to see The Sun's "Wenger to PSG" on backpage today by Carl Long.
Carl Long doesn't exist.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) March 21, 2017
They called me Carl Long when I was a uni student writing match reports and features for them. Desperate to get bylines to boost a portfolio but nope. Carl Long. Or Max Short.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) July 25, 2018
Moreover, Football365’s Mediawatch have also been trying to raise awareness that Carl Long doesn’t exist for some time.
In today’s Mediawatch, readers were again told the following regarding the Man United and Tottenham transfer story:
The author of the article is Carl Long. Carl Long does not actually exist.
The Sun are clearly not quite brave enough to stick an actual person’s name to it.
Why isn’t there more of an outrage about the biggest selling paper in England publishing stories from a man who doesn’t exist?!
Targeting Man City’s Raheem Sterling
The Sun has a long history in rolling out Carl Long stories.
Indeed, Carl Long had another exclusive on the back of their tabloid just a few weeks ago.
On that occasion, an irate Carl Long focused his ire on Man City’s Raheem Sterling.
Sterling was targeted after he won an unjust penalty in Man City’s 6-0 Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Carl Long blasted Man City and Raheem Sterling saying they showed “zero sportsmanship” in this “cheat storm”.
Powerful words from a journalist who is a complete fake.
Tomorrow's @SunSport back page:
NO CLASS: Jose Mourinho sparks a storm by goading Juventus fans after Man United's brilliant comeback. pic.twitter.com/p4xDQHX8VO
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) November 7, 2018
Real Madrid & Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris
What else has Carl Long written about?
Back in July, the Sun’s fake journalist claimed that Real Madrid could spend 60 million pounds signing Hugo Lloris from Tottenham.
Once again, the Sun splashed this story as an ‘exclusive’.
So what happened? Real Madrid signed Thibaut Courtois instead.
— Sun Sport (@SunSport) July 24, 2018
Arsenal & Mesut Ozil
Turning back the clock 12 months ago, Carl Long also had a story about Mesut Ozil and Arsenal.
Back then everyone was wondering whether Ozil would remain at Arsenal.
In that context, Carl Long reported that Mesut Ozil has told Arsenal he will leave the club for free in the summer unless he is handed over Jack Wilshere’s No.10 shirt.
Interestingly, Ozil has since inherited that number at the Gunners.
Well done Carl Long on getting that one right!
— Helen Miller (@MsHelicat) November 7, 2017