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Liverpool Offer Written Apology To Football Blogger Harangued By Club Communications Bod Jen Chang

By Chris Wright

Liverpool’s managing director Ian Ayre has offered a full written apology to a football blogger by the name of Sean Cummins, who was on the smelly end of what Ayre called the ‘inappropriate’ conduct of the club’s communications director, Jen Chang.

Cummins, the man behind the Twitter account of spoof journalist Duncan Jenkins, came to the attention of Chang after making a few educated guesses, which he dressed up as ‘inside information’ (it was all based on little more than second-hand tittle-tattle he’d picked up on internet message boards and the like) about Liverpool’s summer transfer targets that came to fruition.

Convinced he had a mole working for him inside the club, Chang then set about identifying the man behind the Duncan Jenkins account in order to rat out the fictional journalist’s fictional source, who he later claimed had cost Liverpool money (an extra £300,000) in their supposedly covert pursuit of Fabio Borini, then of Roma.

After identifying him, Chang became so obsessed and concerned about Jenkins’ Tweets that he scheduled a meeting with Cummins at a restaurant in Manchester back in August where he requested that the 35-year-old professional copy writer come clean to his 40,000+ followers and tell them that Jenkins was a spoof character and that he wasn’t actually privy to any ’inside information’.

Chang and Cummins arrive for lunch at Evuna restaurant in Manchester

Cummins/Jenkins then posted a blog about the meeting and the series of heavy-handed threats (including having his season ticket torn up, a lifetime ban from Anfield, smear stories being placed in the press designed to turn Liverpool fans against him and the ruining of Cummins’ father’s online business) Chang made in order to pressure him into revealing himself as a fraud – a fact which most members of the football blogging community were already well aware of.

You can read the truly shocking blog account in full, plus all the email exchanges between Cummins and Chang, here.

Asked at the time whether Cummins’ account of the meeting was accurate, Chang replied that it was ‘total nonsense’, though through CCTV footage, phone and email records, every element of Cummins’ story that was possible to verify has been verified – leading Ian Ayre to make the following apology to the man himself:

“Based on everything I have heard and seen, including information provided by the parties involved in the matter, I acknowledge some of the elements you highlight were not appropriate.

“I would therefore like to apologise to you on behalf of Liverpool FC, for any upset and distress this caused you.

“Clearly it is not appropriate for me to comment on how the club is managing this internally, and I trust you understand this.”

Cummins then told the brilliant Sporting Intelligence (@sportingintel), who put in a lot of hard yards following this story, that he finally felt vindicated: “All I wanted was an apology, and I got one in writing today.”

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By Chris on October 31st, 2012 in FAIL, Liverpool, Media, Transfers & Rumours. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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8 Responses to “Liverpool Offer Written Apology To Football Blogger Harangued By Club Communications Bod Jen Chang”

  1. usrick says:

    I wonder who decided – the LFC employee or the Anfield season ticket holder – to take their clandestine business to a MANCHESTER restaurant. Shame!

  2. qq says:

    from the blog, it seems that chang was bluffing all along , i mean the things he said were a little crazy

  3. Mr. Chopper says:

    usrick – Duncan lived in Manchester. That might have had something to do with it. However, I’m a Liverpool fan and I lived in Manchester for ten years. It’s not that weird. I wouldn’t live in Liverpool if you pai- I’ve never had the opportunity to live in Liverpool, that’s all.

  4. True Lies says:

    Out of his depth…god only knows how much he gets paid…worse value than Andy Carroll…get rid quick

  5. Akhil says:

    LFC makes a mess of things once again. As a fan, I’m absolutely disgusted by Chen’s handling of the matter. This is what you get when you hire some ESPN American moron who has absolutely no idea how this club does its business and how it has historically treated fans.

  6. Redskywalker7 says:

    Wow, Cheng should probably be fired for this.

  7. Redskywalker7 says:

    *Chang

  8. Zam says:

    Yeas usrick, that’s what’s wrong with this situation….

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