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