Access to the internet, I am glad to say, has done away entirely with the silly assumption that journalists have access to a higher knowledge.
For good or ill, the internet, provoking disagreement and speculation as well as listing facts, is a factor in presenting the game with an ever larger status. As the ruling body for football globally, Fifa have little option but to be staid, but they could still trumpet the impact of their website, with almost 53 million people accessing a total of 1.6 billion pages in the first two weeks of June.
Websites, whether statistical, solemn, esoteric or comic, disseminate limitless quantities of information about even the most obscure footballers and managers. The press fool themselves if they suppose for an instant that they can be a priesthood who own a sacred knowledge.
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