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UEFA 'faked' tears for German team

The Local · 30 Jun 2012, 17:02

Published: 30 Jun 2012 17:02 GMT+02:00

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From the television footage, it looked like a spontaneous display of emotion from a German fan as Italy scored their second, winning goal against Germany in Thursday's match.

Yet the pictures of a woman crying shown immediately after Mario Balotelli's goal had been filmed before the match even began, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Saturday.

When Italy scored a second goal in the 36 minute of the game, millions of viewers across Germany were shown a picture of a German fan in the stadium who had apparently spontaneously been reduced to tears.

But as the fan herself told the paper, and UEFA later confirmed, she had really been overcome with emotion during the national anthem prior to kick-off.

This is the second time UEFA has been accused of having manipulated images transmitted to Germany during a live game in this tournament, and had already admitted slotting previously filmed pictures of German coach Joachim Löw into footage of the Germany vs Netherlands game on June 13th.

"We are surprised and irritated. The pictures are unacceptable," ARD team leader Jörg Schönenborn told the paper.

Whilst UEFA admitted having cut the pictures into the live footage, it denied all accusations of manipulation. They used the footage to "show the emotion and excitement of the German fans at the game," according to the article.

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German broadcasters ARD and ZDF have complained to UEFA, demanding that viewers be alerted when previously filmed pictures are being shown during live transmissions.

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17:55 June 30, 2012 by Landmine
Media people are the same all over the world. If they can't film what they want they make it up... There should be a fine for things like this.
18:46 June 30, 2012 by realist1961
The media's job is to report the news, (e.g. the facts), not make the news or alter the news to meet their agenda. We have politicians for that.
19:16 June 30, 2012 by Ruhetag
If UEFA was manipulating the match, then it should be replayed!

10:36 July 1, 2012 by MydogMax
No matter what UEFA states its reporting events not as they are, making it not a true telecast and it is a fabrication to suit an agenda.

Shame on them.
14:37 July 1, 2012 by mos101392
Now I'm really wondering if the match was FIXED since the German team played much better in previous games.
15:36 July 1, 2012 by MrPC
Of course. You really have to be thick to believe anything the media feeds you these days. And whoever heard of anything dishonest going on in football?
22:59 July 1, 2012 by MaKo
Dishonesty besmirched by sheer laziness. Surely it couldn't have been hard to find a fan in the stands in tears at the half?
12:13 July 2, 2012 by insight101
Germany's supposedly objective news reports are the same way. I saw a few days ago a report on the debate in America over universal health care. It was about two minutes long. They said what is understood in Germany as normal is hotly debated in the States. Then they showed a picture of a woman who didn't have insurance for her child before and now under Obama does, but is worried if she will lose it. That was the report. No asking anyone who has logical arguments against universal insurance and no one talking about what options people have withhout insurance, no mention that millions of people earn so much money per year that they opt not to have insurance, and no mention that a third of the people who are uninsured are illegal immigrants, not citizens. News reporters can find one sad story for any topic, but if that is all they present, they are not doing their job as journalists.
22:40 July 5, 2012 by AlexUSA72
Insight101, you are correct in regards to the lack of objectivity in the media. We see it all the time here. One cable news network will praise the president while another will lamb bast him. We never know the whole story. As for ObamaCare, it has been defined by the U.S. Supreme Court to be a tax and will put 100,000's of small business owners out and result in even more people put out of work.
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