As it turns out, those perfect images of emotional fans at Euro 2012 were too good to be true.
UEFA, the governing body of European soccer, has been accused of using prerecorded footage during matches and passing off as if it was live.
For example, this amazing footage of a German woman crying after Mario Balotelli’s wonder-goal in the semifinal was actually from before the game, when the woman was overcome with emotion during the German national anthem.
Here’s what Joerg Schoenenborn of the German channel ARD, which figured out that footage was prerecorded, told the AP:
“Of course 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. Live is live and has to stay live.”
Every country uses the same video feed for Euro 2012, so ESPN ended up airing it too.
It’s official: we live in a sick, sick world where not even gifs can be trusted.
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