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The (un)sustainable glibness of soccer journalism

It's difficult to talk about soccer without showing soccer, but we won't give up

The (un)sustainable glibness of soccer journalism
The (un)sustainable glibness of soccer journalism

It's difficult to talk about soccer without showing soccer, but we won't give up

Gerard Piqué

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I was puzzled —but not surprised— with the cautionary suspension of Llorente's red card he was shown after his tackle on Rakitic. I was puzzled because I think that his sending off was unappealable —regardless the player's arguments. But I wasn't surprised because that Thursday —and the following days— I saw, I heard and I read incredible opinions justifying the action and exculpating the defender.

The common factor of most of these arguments is that they were replacing the professional judgment for a non-rational fanaticism. More than honest opinions, they were attitudes conditioned for the color of the jersey of the one who did the action. Insisting on rebutting any idea in any case. And this is probably a show, but it's not honest. Basing everything in these sterile controversy is an option of format, but impoverishes soccer a lot... and our job.

Besides, these arguments where simply based in an image, a frozen frame, with no perspective, no dynamics or anything that showed the violence of the foul. Indirectly, here's one of the underlying problems. If we can't review, edit or emit soccer images —a matter of audiovisual rights,— what can we do?

Then you can try to highlight soccer in an original way or you can talk about everything except soccer... or you analyze the records achieved by the players according to data or you brag because a player of your team is the nicest, the most solidary, the most polite... or you can attend press conferences, mixed zones after the matches or you wait for Gerard Piqué's Periscope to see his new adventure...

I guess that at this point I have to apologize. Our intention is to be part of the first group, certainly. We do it because soccer is important for us. But wise up: sometimes we have to end up in the second one because, in the end, this also ends up producing audience. An important part of the business.