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Comedy corner: CNN declares Chelsea “linked with” Kevin de Bruyne

Jun 8, 2013, 4:22 PM EST

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The geniuses over in CNN’s international sports department should probably steer clear of sports they don’t know in the future, or at least do their homework in the fact-checking department.

Their recap of yesterday’s UEFA World Cup qualifiers added a touch of breaking news to it – declaring that Belgium’s Kevin de Bruyne is “being linked with” Chelsea.

What they failed to realize is that de Bruyne is already on Chelsea, and he has been for over a year – since January of 2012 as a matter of fact.  The 21-year-old moved from Belgium’s Genk to the Premier League for a reported £7 million ($10.9 million), heading right back to Genk on loan for the rest of that season, and he spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen in Germany.

The article says “De Bruyne…could be the next Belgian to move to the Premier League – he’s being linked with Chelsea.  The majority of players Belgium used on Friday ply their trade in England’s top divison.”

In fact, they’re also partially wrong by declaring that the “majority” of players in the Belgian squad played in England, too.  Of the 11 players Belgium started in yesterday’s qualifiers, 5 of them played a match in the Premier League last season – Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Marouane Fellaini, Kevin Mirallas, and Christian Benteke.  Two others, Thibault Courtois and de Bruyne, are both owned by Chelsea but spent the entire last season out on loan.  I’m no math major, but I’m pretty sure if they took a majority vote, “not Premier League” would win that one.

CNN’s saving grace was that all three substitutes used were from the Premier League (Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, and Mouasa Dembele).

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Next up, we’re all excited to see CNN’s recap of the U.S. Men’s National Team qualifiers, where they’ll declare Landon Donovan a “shock absentee” from the matches, in addition to praising Jurgen Klinsmann for his “fantastic capture of Graham Zusi on a free transfer from Sporting KC.”

Thanks to Brooks Peck of Yahoo! Sports for finding this little gold nugget.

  1. tarotsujimoto74 - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Was not even aware that CNN did anything with sports.

  2. mdac1012 - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    CNN blamed Fox News and the vast right wing conspiracy for the mis-information.

  3. footballer4ever - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Hey, at least CNN is “liberal” to cover world football, but them Fox snobs still believe the real football is egg shaped like and any round football is to be made fun of. Just because they are from the right, it does not mean they are right at all. LOL

    • mdac1012 - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Settle down, settle down, just trying to make a funny, not start a political debate.

  4. footballer4ever - Jun 9, 2013 at 2:20 AM

    @mdac1012

    LOL, you were the one who started the “funny” political statement, so it’s only fair to be “liberally” funny towards the “righties” (Wink)

    • joeyt360 - Jun 9, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Pretty sure I saw that thar Eee You Roh thingy on Fox.

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