UEFA is under fire after it emerged that it manipulated footage of off-the-field incidents for dramatic effect during Euro 2012.
People saw a German fan in the crowd crying after Mario Balotelli scored twice for Italy in the first half of the semifinal between Germany and Italy. ESPN commentator Adrian Healey went so far as to say it was "too early for tears." What Healey, the ESPN directors and viewers didn't know was that the German woman wasn't crying at that moment. She was stunned to receive text messages from friends back home asking why she was so upset, given that the game was only in the first half.
The explanation: UEFA cameras caught Andrea overcome by emotion during the singing of the German national anthem before the match, and the footage was cut into the live feed sent to broadcasters around the world after the Italians went 2-0 up.
It wasn't the only instance of UEFA cameras catching something and UEFA directors inserting the footage into live coverage later on. Footage of Germany coach Joachim Loew jokingly pinching a ball from a ball boy during the match against the Netherlands actually took place during the pre-game warm-up.