UK paper issues apology after quoting a fake Twitter account

The Independent
The Independent, in London, on Wednesday issued a short apology for a story this week attributing sexist comments on Twitter to soccer commentator Andy Gray:

“In yesterday’s Independent, Ian Herbert attributed quotes to the ITV football analyst Andy Townsend which suggested that he had made sexist comments on Twitter as part of the Andy Gray/Richard Keys story.

“Those quotes originated from a spoof Twitter account. We apologize for any embarrassment caused to Mr. Townsend, who has no connection to the @AndyDTownsend account.”

Gray was fired this week for alleged sexist comments captured on video, an event that has generated considerable attention in the British media.

The spoof Twitter account, @AndyDTownsend, has apparently been suspended in the wake of Herbert’s story and misquote.

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