Earlier today, The Athletic reported that former Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has extended his contract with Real Sociedad and will remain with the club through at least 2022.
The club later confirmed the report by releasing a tweet announcing Alonso’s one-year contract extension. Currently, Alonso coaches the Spanish club’s “B” squad.
That news officially throws cold water on the Alonso-to-Borussia Monchengladbach rumor that we saw earlier this week:
✍ COMUNICADO OFICIAL | @XabiAlonso renueva hasta 2022#Zubieta | #AurreraReala pic.twitter.com/VFlSqGJedP— Real Sociedad Fútbol (@RealSociedad) March 26, 2021
The fallout from the Alonso report obviously created quite a huge mess — especially for Sport Bild’s Christian Falk who filed the original “Alonso-to-Borussia Monchengladbach” story.
Falk tweeted an apology earlier today:
NOT TRUE ❌ I am very sorry https://t.co/qrFyJKDzu3— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) March 26, 2021
Surely, this will ignite a firestorm of social media criticism directed at Falk, but the fact remains that writers rely on their sources and sometimes those sources give good information, sometimes it’s bad information, and some other times it is just about pushing an agenda.
Whatever happened with the details that Falk received, he will probably need to wear his “internet armor” for a bit. This does not mean all of Falk’s sources are bad, it just means — in this case — they were not solid or did not pass him along good information.
A faulty source is not a reason to harass the man on social media, so the best advice we can give is to just let it die.