Jasper Juinen/Getty Images Before Spain took on Switzerland on Wednesday in South Africa, Iker Casillas, the team’s goalkeeper, warmed up while his girlfriend, Sara Carbonero, filmed a report for Spanish television nearby.
So the Spanish didn't blame Sara Carbonero for Spain's defeat, instead some English journalist made it up.... Pretty amazing how it got reported anyways. This is from the NY Times; actually they quote Kickette, certainly something that I'd never would have guessed would ever happen:
"Soon after the heavily-favored Spanish team managed to lose their opening match of the World Cup on Wednesday in South Africa, Graham Keeley, a correspondent for The Times of London, reported from Madrid:
Spanish football fans bewildered by their team’s World Cup 1-0 defeat by Switzerland were focusing their anger last night on a beautiful TV sports presenter whom they accuse of distracting the goalkeeper
Oddly, Mr. Keeley offered no direct evidence that all of Spain really was in an uproar over Ms. Carbonero’s malign influence over the play of Iker Casillas, the national team’s captain and shot-stopper. The British journalist simply wrote that Web sites “were full of angry comments suggesting that Casillas’s mind may have been on ‘other things.’”
Mr. Keeley also pointed out that Ms. Carbonero had conducted this somewhat awkward interview with her boyfriend immediately after the match.
Seizing the opportunity to introduce a little sex into their World Cup coverage, one English newspaper after another rushed to tell their readers about the reported outcry in Spain. By Friday, the story had spread across the English-speaking world. Each retelling of the story was illustrated by one or more photographs of Ms. Carbonero and prominent mentions of the fact that she had indeed been named the world’s sexiest television reporter by the editors of a men’s magazine.
All of this, it turns out, was news to reporters in Spain. In response to the press hysteria in England, the Spanish newspapers El Mundo, El Pais, Diaro de Navarra and the popular sports daily Marca all ran articles suggesting that the original report in The Times of London was preposterous. There was, they agreed, no wave of antipathy directed at Ms. Carbonero and no one seemed to be able to find Spanish Web sites teeming with enraged comments from fans who held the reporter responsible for the national team’s defeat.
In addition to expressing shock at this apparent journalistic lapse on the part of the British press, El Pais seemed baffled by the fact that The Times of London is “a serious and influential newspaper, and one of the leaders of British journalism.” That may be true, but the newspaper has been owned for some time by the same man who publishes Britain’s most popular tabloid, The Sun.
Taking note of the frenzy in London over what appears to have been a nonstory in Spain, the blog Kickette explained on Friday that the fact that England’s players were not accompanied to this tournament by a boisterous assortment of wives and girlfriends, as they have been in the past, has apparently left English newspapers somewhat desperate for material.
Kickette — which is smitten with the way Mr. Casillas looks and expressed dismay that Ms. Carbonero sported “worn-out boots that should’ve been retired many seasons ago” — also pointed out The Times had mistakenly suggested that the reporter had put her boyfriend on the spot by asking him in their post-match interview, “How did you manage to muck it up?” In fact, Ms. Carbonero had expressed herself in a much less saucy fashion. That lead Kickette to conclude:
Regardless of the fact that we find her interviewer skills to be uninspiring and the entire situ to be awkward, Sara was doing her job. All the while resisting the urge to caress Iker’s sad Spanish face. And that is certainly no easy feat.
Somehow it feels important to have that cleared up...
(I've edited it to include the whole article including the Kickette quote, FYI)