Sport website of the week: 12/01/2009

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The Independent Online

www.footballtransferleague.co.uk

Rumour is distinguishable from myth by its topicality. By extension, a news story should be distinguished from rumour by its veracity. Instead, round-the-clock coverage of the transfer window means that, in January, the Greek goddess Pheme rules the sports pages. However, as she forces transfer rumours on to their knees, begging to be believed and desperate to be disseminated, this website gleefully kicks sand in their faces.

While most transfer rumour sites feed off speculation's fatty pleasure, this site hunts down and strips bare rumour's engorged carcass. Although by no means scientific, it calculates that 80 per cent of transfer stories on the English back pages are fatuous.

This site has room to grow and its aim to do for transfer speculation what snopes.com did for urban legends is noble and necessary. But don't take my word for it – there's only a one-in-five chance I'm telling the truth...

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