Not content with ruining football with madcap ideas like hosting the 2020 Euros all across the continent, UEFA were busying themselves in Poland and Ukraine by manipulating the live television coverage. It turns out footage of a German fan crying after the defeat to Italy was pre-recorded. In fact, the lady in question teared up after the playing of the German national anthem, and that’s not all.
Michel Platini’s UEFA has come under fire from German broadcaster ARD for the stunt. Its Euro 2012 chief editor Joerg Schoenenborn blasted: “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.”
UEFA defended its action by stating it was trying to portray the ”the human story of the game.’ Other instances include footage of German manager Joachim Loew jokingly knocking a ball from under a ballboy’s arm during the clash with Holland. It actually took place in the pre-game warm-up.
So what other images from Euro 2012 were manipulated? Was the heartbreaking scene of the two Irish brothers crying into each others arms after the Spain match, in fact, recorded after the spine-tingling rendition of Amhran bhFiann? Or was it simply when Paul Green was introduced in the closing stages?
Sadly, rumours that all four goals scored by the Spanish were actually images spliced in from previous games turned out to be wide of the mark. Much like our shooting.