Yesterday, we covered some quotes from Roberto Carlos given in relation to his relationship with former boss Roy Hodgson. At the time, I’ll readily admit to thinking that the Brazilian legend had spoken about the Palace gaffer over the weekend but throughout the course of yesterday, it became clear that his words had simply been rehashed from more than a decade ago.
As I said in the piece written on Monday morning, the press are clearly relishing the opportunity to stick the knife into our football club of late, given the dreadful start we’ve made to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign; an assumption given added weight by the discovery that Roberto Carlos actually gave those quotes on Roy Hodgson all the way back in 2001.
After delving a little deeper, it looks as though The Sun (yes, that bastion of fair, balanced sports reporting) were the first publication to drag the former left-back’s words back into the public domain, prompting a raft of other outlets, myself included, to jump upon them as if they had just left his mouth. Technically, The Sun have done nothing wrong here but I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that re-printing hugely inflammatory 16-year-old quotes about a current Premier League manager and passing them off as new smacks of an organisation with little to no regard for respectable reporting.
In truth, I feel incredibly stupid for not checking the original source of the quotes before writing about them yesterday morning, simply because I made the foolish assumption that a national newspaper wouldn’t take what is now relative ancient history and repackage it anew in a bid to generate a bundle of web traffic.
As we all know, Palace-bashing appears to be a trend across the sporting press of late, with journalists across the country reveling in the opportunity to discuss our historically woeful start. From now on, I’ll be sure to check the time-frame of any news that gets discussed on these pages, as it’s become painfully clear that I can’t rely on nationally published news outlets to do that for themselves.
HLTCO is now completely advert free meaning I need your help. If you can spare a small amount each month to help me pay my bills, I’d be eternally grateful. Thanks.