The Guardian’s Chris McGreal (recently singled out in a CST Report on Antisemitic Discourse) recently published a story about a petition signed by some footballers calling for European football’s governing body to cancel Israel’s hosting of a 2013 European competition in response to the Gaza war. (‘Footballers condemn plans to hold U21 European Championship in Israel‘, Guardian, Nov. 30)
However, after a CiF Watch post demonstrated that two of the footballers cited by McGreal as signing the petition – former Chelsea player Didier Drogba and Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye – flatly denied signing it, the Guardian revised McGreal’s piece accordingly, and noted the following on their corrections page.
Well, it looks like the Guardian’s ‘Corrections’ editor will have more work to do, as the Daily Mail is reporting that another footballer cited by McGreal, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, has also denied signing the petition.
The Daily Mail’s Charles Sale wrote:
“Hazard had not contributed to the petition. His agent John Bico said: ‘Eden never speaks about his political opinions and he certainly never signed anything.'”
You can email Guardian readers’ editor Chris Elliott (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Tweet Chris McGreal (@ChrisMcGreal), to point out the additional error.
- Two footballers cited by Chris McGreal as endorsers of anti-Israel petition flatly deny signing it (cifwatch.com)
- Following our post, Guardian corrects Chris McGreal story on footballers’ petition against Israel (cifwatch.com)
- Why any Israeli can be murdered by Palestinian terrorists, as explained by Chris McGreal (cifwatch.com)
- Lies of omission and commission: Chris McGreal’s propaganda from Gaza (cifwatch.com)
- An update on Chris McGreal and that Gaza “sports stadium” (cifwatch.com)
- Chris McGreal lies about Israeli building freeze (cifwatch.com)