Liverpool see red over Chang bullying Duncan Jenkins claims
09:27 GMT, 13 October 2012
Liverpool director of communications Jen Chang has denied extraordinary allegations made in an anonymous blog on Friday that he had harassed a supporter because his accurate transfer knowledge had cost the club money.
It was claimed Chang had promised to ban the unnamed fan for life, that crazy supporters would put dogs*** through his letter box and make his life 'a living hell', that the supporter might have to move home and that newspapers would 'ruin' his dad's online business.
These threats were allegedly made by Chang at a meeting with the mystery fan – who has the alter ego Duncan Jenkins – in Manchester following Liverpool displeasure at his fake Twitter account.
Bully claims: Jen Chang, Liverpool's director of communications, denies harassing an unnamed fan after he posted information about the signing of Nuri Sahin (pictured) in his blog
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Chang says the club believed the account
was being fed by an Anfield mole, who provided information about the
signings of Fabio Borini and Nuri Sahin.
The blog also accused a paranoid Chang of bombarding 'Duncan Jenkins' with phone calls and telling him that the club investigation into the tweets had diverted money from charitable projects.
The blog states: 'Everything I've written is 100 per cent true. There is not a single shred of embellishment in this account.'
But Chang, who confirms he did meet the self-styled Slam Dunc in Manchester, said: 'I will not be responding to total nonsense.
'The contents of my tweets that are included in the blog bear no relation whatsoever to the false accusations made by a fictional character.
'There was never any investigation by Liverpool over the tweets.'
Meanwhile, Liverpool's owners, the Fenway Sports Group, are keeping to their data-based Moneyball philosophies by appointing Ian Graham, who has a PhD in biological physics from Cardiff University, as their director of research to make the best use of all the statistics that now emerge from matches and training.
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He is inspirational enough to be
invited by England rugby union coach Stuart Lancaster to motivate his
squad. Yet remarkably Sinfield has never made the three-strong shortlist
for rugby league's Man of Steel player of the year award.
That is voted for by the players, some of whom can only be envious of Sinfield's standing in the game.
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Sky's cutbacks put speedway and snooker on backburner
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And another pointer towards ESPN dismantling their UK TV sports operation after the loss of their PL packages is the departure of station boss Jeroen Oerlemans.
Frankie leaves it late
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Kieren Fallon was called in as a late replacement.
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