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Uefa used camera trickery to lie: crying German fan was pre-recorded

by | 5th, July 2012

ANDREA from Dusseldorf *, the German football fan seen crying when her nation’s team were losing to Italy at the European Championship, didn’t. The super-slow motion tear was shed when the national anthems were being played before the match began. Uefa inserted the tear into the “live” broadcast when the Germans were losing.

And you know how German coach Joachim Loew (think Richard Briers in Michael Mcintyre’s hair) was caught on camera knocking a ball from under a ballboy’s arm during his team’s game with Holland? Well, he wasn’t being cool under pressure. That too was recorded.

It was all about Uefa’s obsession with “the human story of the game“. Uefa was seeking “to translate the emotion and the tension of the German fans for this game“.

Short of inserting a Clenchometer between the fan’s buttocks, Uefa resorted to being economical with the actualité.

German’s Euro 2012 chief editor Joerg Schoenenborn is unhappy (cue Uefa’s live footage of a moustached German banging a desk with his iron fist). He tells media:

“Any form of censorship or manipulation is not acceptable for us. That’s why we clearly told Uefa that the German public expects coverage to be live when it says it’s live.”

The idea of manipulating images to comply with script might be taken further. Look out for cutaway shots of film of Harry Reedknapp smirking when England concede a goal; Robin Van Persie celebrating a Manchester City strike; and Coleen Rooney lying by a swimming pool in a bikini…

* Jane from the Uefa accounts department.



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