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Marca Trusts Twitter (Gets Played): Falsely Reports Luka Modric Is In Madrid

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This is the picture that fooled half of the Spanish press (via @castrorremo)
This is the picture that fooled half of the Spanish press (via @castrorremo)

Spanish tabloid 'Marca' reported two hours ago that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric was in Madrid, which was really not a huge shock to anyone. The shock, however, was that the tabloid ended up admitting they were fooled by a Twitter user (@castorremo) who wanted to prank the Spanish press--by sending a picture dated 2010.

Marca published an article on its website (of course), but, surprisingly, Spanish radio station Cadena SER (one of the most important, and respected, stations in the country) also reported about the picture, even breaking down Modric's new contract with the club.

The user tweeted the picture to several Spanish journalists, and finally Miguel Serrano and his Marca colleagues took the bait.

We at MM think that both media outlets noticed the SEAT Ibiza in the background, a typical car in the Spanish cities, and trusted that no one else at any other time would own one.

Smart work there, Marca.