Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has revealed that the first eight months of the 2013/14 season have been nothing more than an extended April Fool's prank. The season has been filled with odd and unusual occurrences that have produced one of the most exciting and unpredictable seasons in recent memory and now we know it has all been down to one of the most elaborate ruses the sporting world has ever seen.
"The whole thing has been one big April Fool's gag," Scudamore said. "Sir Alex Ferguson retiring and David Moyes doing his comedy manager routine at Man United, Jose Mourinho coming back to Chelsea, Liverpool being top of the table, Spurs selling Gareth Bale, everything Tim Sherwood does — Vincent Tan. It's all been carefully orchestrated for a laugh. We were afraid people would've figured it out before now, but if they'll pay £90 for an England shirt, I guess they'll fall for anything."
Liverpool jumping from seventh place last season to first while last season's champions, Man United, have taken their spot in seventh probably should have been clear a sign of shenanigans, but the league commissioned help to pull it off seamlessly.
"We brought in the writers for the WWE since they have experience plotting something of this scale and I must say, they've done a wonderful job," Scudamore added. "The Alan Pardew headbutt and rumors of Vince McMahon buying Newcastle were a nod to that."
When asked if everything will be restored to normal now that the prank has been revealed, Scudamore said, "We haven't decided yet. People seem to be enjoying the change, so we might carry it on a bit longer."
"The only thing I regret is not telling Arsene Wenger what we were doing this whole time," he concluded. "That was cruel."
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