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Footballers pay a heavy price for fame



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What the Czech players did last Saturday was nothing new – sad as it may seem to the hypocritical, self-righteous media, it is something that happens every night, wherever there are people with money.

What bothers me though, is this:

What is the disciplinary offence here?

1) Being caught by a journalist posing to be an autograph hunter? 25k pounds is a heavy price to pay for stupidity.

2) Partying till 5:30 am? Once again, a bit heavy.

3) Having unknown girls around (who were they? You don’t know, I don’t know, speculation is pointless, but the media has framed it quite nicely by calling them “prostitutes”) at their party?

I think someone should point out that:

a) It’s an under-handed, unethical and immoral act to spy on someone’s private life to fill up the back pages. If the ends justify the means, please point out where anyone was being harmed, and if three married guys cheating on their wives (once again, you and I just have the word of a reporter) is cause enough for these people to be publicly shamed?

If that’s the case, then there are plenty of other people cheating on their wives, for real too. Oh wait, that won’t be interesting news, would it?

I have nothing against being on the higher moral ground. However, the whole picture of the Czech reporter sneaking in, posing as an autograph hunter to spy on the players and then bring back an embellished report squeezing as much juice out it as possible to sell the tabloid is revolting.

b) It is even worse to go to Rosicky’s girlfriend and ask her about it. I thought this sort of crassness only happened with the US media, I wasn’t aware that they were catching on to this in Europe as well. Apparently journalism knows no higher law, be it morality, ethics or decency.

You can read the full story, if you wish, here.

[Source: Soccernet]
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