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How UEFA manipulated Euro 2012 footage

icon tv14 July ~ TV networks have spoken out against UEFA's policy of editing footage from Euro 2012 to make the events seem more dramatic. UEFA's practice of inserting pre-recorded shots of crowd members into the action to add emotional depth has been criticised by angry TV companies, who insist they were not informed about the tactic beforehand. The story emerged when a German supporter seen crying after Mario Balotelli's second goal in the semi-final pointed out that she had welled-up during the national anthem, not in response to any events on the pitch. For more on this story and how TV companies blur the line between documentary and stagecraft, see the Dead Spin sports blog.

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