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Ignore claims former manager of football club Manchester United has died, via false football news blog

IN SHORT: Alex Ferguson has died, according to several Facebook posts. But while the former Man United manager lost his wife in October 2023, the blog that seeded the claim appears to be spreading misinformation to generate engagement.

Alex Ferguson is dead, according to several Facebook posts.

One 27 October 2023 post reads: “Breaking News:Rest in peace: Former Man Utd manager Sir Alex Ferguson dies three days after the burial of his wife Lady Cathy Ferguson.”

Posts with the same claim can be found here, here, here, here, here and here.

Ferguson is a Scottish former football manager and player, widely known for managing the club Manchester United from 1986 to 2013. He is recognised as the most successful manager in British football history, winning 13 Premier League titles with Manchester United.

Ferguson, born in 1941, lost his wife in early October 2023. Lady Cathy Ferguson died at the age of 84

But is it true that Sir Alex died three days after his wife? We checked.

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Engagement bait: Fake sports news blog

The posts link to a page on an amateurish-looking website called All Sports. But it’s not a link to a full report on the death of the celebrity manager, as one might expect, but only the same short claim found on Facebook. This is a clue that this “news” can’t be trusted.

We looked at other reports on the website and found other incorrect reports about football. For instance, a report claims Ivan Toney, an English footballer suspended from the sport for betting, has been signed by the club Chelsea. Another report says Kylian Mbappé, captain of the French national team, has signed with Man United. Both reports are false.

Ferguson’s death would have made international news headlines and would certainly have been announced officially by Manchester United. The club announced his wife’s death on X (formerly Twitter). We found no such reports of Ferguson’s death anywhere. 

And furthermore, the former football manager has appeared in public since these false reports of his death. A video of him celebrating at the Bahrain International Trophy on 17 November when one of his horses won the prestigious race was published widely

There have been no trustworthy or official reports of Ferguson’s death. And the blog sharing the claim seems to be baiting users in order to generate engagement. This and other claims by the website should be ignored.

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