A UK-based media outlet, Mirror Football, mistook a satire post regarding Imran Khan’s criticism of Manchester United leadership. In the story, it was written that Imran Khan took a dig at Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, for his poor leadership and defending skills.
In a completely made-up story by a satire media outlet known as The Dependent, Khan was quoted as saying:
An estimated 660 million Manchester United fans have Harry Maguire as their captain and leader, can you imagine Maguire or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying, ‘sab se pehlay aap ne ghabraana nahi hai [first of all don’t you worry]’?.
Mirror UK mistook the satire post as a legitimate story and posted it on their website. The story and the post on Twitter have since been deleted.
The post caused a meltdown on Twitter. Let’s have a look at some of the tweets:
Well he does know about Captaining elite teams.
— H U Khan (@Huk06) October 7, 2020
I guess they missed the word 'Satire' in the article they took the story from 🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/Vr7LJPUqju
— Az (@AzTheBaz) October 7, 2020
The others took the story literally.
As one of the best ever players in a world game I'd say that he's more than qualified to give his opinion on elite sporting teams
— Andrew Demery (@AndrewDemery) October 7, 2020
World gone mad!!! What has football got to do with running a country??? 😅
— kakashi Hatake (@NaijaArsenal) October 7, 2020
The Dependent took a dig at Mirror Football, Imran Khan and Harry Maguire, killing two birds with one stone.
— Not The Dependent (@DependentNot) October 7, 2020
The Dependent, which in itself is a parody of a famous media outlet, The Independent, posts sarcastic stories regarding real-life situations. This isn’t the first time their posts have been taken seriously, and it probably won’t be the last.