Hooliganism is the sociological term used to describe violence in sports—usually in reference to brawling and rioting between fans or players. Yesterday, the hooligans took to the Internet, and duped the Manila Bulletin into publishing an article based on what has been reported as a fake screenshot.
The screenshot in question purportedly shows a tweet by Australia’s Chris Goulding: “Philippino Monkeys!!! Trash team. Trash crowd. Trash federation. Trash country. #Disgraceful”
Melbourne United has since released a statement that they “….categorically refute these claims. The tweet in question has been manufactured, and due to its inflammatory nature, we have chosen not to republish its content.”
The tweet attributed to Chris Goulding tonight is fake. It has been manufactured and has not been authorised by him in any way. We ask the public to please be respectful while we follow the appropriate channels to report this incident. Full statement here: https://t.co/EwSHdQwtQs— Melbourne United (@MelbUnitedHQ) July 3, 2018
Despite this development, the article containing false information remains on Manila Bulletin under the paper's national news section, and has reportedly stirred Gilas fans to direct hate mail towards Goulding. The title of the article, written by Ellson Quismorio is, “Aussie cager should make racist rant in front of Duterte, says solons.”
It cites two public officials condemning Goulding. “Let him say that in front of Duterte and he will get his comeuppance,” AKO-Bicol Party-List Rep. Rodel Batocabe is reported to have said.
“At the very least, Goulding should be grateful not one of us Pinoys have branded Australians, who are generally nice, with criminal and satanic blood running through their veins. Too bad, Goulding still seems to carry the blood of his criminal descendants,” says another (self-contradictory and very racist) quote attributed to Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Barbers, chairman of the House Committee on Drugs.
The article makes no mention of where the quotes from Barbers and Batocabe may have come from—they did not seem to have come from either of the two politicians' social media outlets. The article does not say whether the quotes were given directly to the Bulletin.
Chris Goulding has also since released a statement on Australia’s Ch7, particularly addressing all the kids who might have watched the game telling them that, “That wasn’t the way to go about it.”
Speaking on Ch7's Sunrise program this morning, Chris Goulding had this message to basketball players and fans across the country, following the recent incident in the Philippines. Full video here: https://t.co/klxMk9jtsI pic.twitter.com/KJn9UZJSUu— Melbourne United (@MelbUnitedHQ) July 5, 2018
While the Manila Bulletin has published an article about Goulding's denial of the tweet, the first report containing this bit of fake news is still up on the website and is still being passed around onlune, inspiring more Filipinos to take their anger out on the Australian player.
It’s been three days since the big Gilas-Boomers brawl and the repercussions are still happening. Maybe it’s time to take fake news out of the equation.