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Drama as man standing in front of camera blocks football fans from watching Cranes vs. Mali

In Summary

  • An unidentified spectator blocked camera view for a while during FIFA Cup qualifier game in Uganda.
  • In a Euro 2020 fixture between Denmark and Finland, players formed a human shield from live cameras during first aid operation on on of their teammates.

While cameras have become widely used in televising live sporting action in stadiums, their capture or lack of capturing of events may become “tragic.”

For instance, viewers were “locked out” of a FIFA Cup qualifier game between Uganda and Mali on Monday for a while.

The match which went down at St Mary’s stadium in Kitende, Wakiso District, Central Uganda was airing live on Buganda Broadcasting Services(BBS) TV and Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) TV.

The unidentified spectator clad in a black suit and black face mask casually stood in front of the camera, eyes fixed on the game, until after a while when he was told to move.

Live broadcasting went on smoothly after that “hitch”. Uganda Crane Stars ended up in a goalless draw with Mali’s Eagle Stars.

Earlier in June, live cameras became a nuisance to viewers, after capturing a first aid treatment operation on Christian Eriksen’s after he collapsed on the field during the Euro 2020 fixture between Finland and Denmark.

It took the intervention of his Denmark teammates who formed a circular kind of human shield away from the glaring cameras. Some of the action however was still visible.

Camera nuisance

“Several shots, including through the legs of players, showed Eriksen receiving treatment, before cutting to his clearly distressed wife, who was in the stadium and was being consoled by Denmark captain Simon Kjaer and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel,” AlJazeera reported.

The operation reportedly lasted for nearly 20 minutes, after which the player was transferred to hospital. Fans and commentators slammed television broadcasters and UEFA for covering such an incident while praising the players for their fast action.


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