Excuses, excuses: World Cup fever seizes Spain
14 June 2006, MADRID — As Spain beats Ukraine 4-0, World Cup fever finally took over the country on Thursday.
14 June 2006
MADRID — As Spain beats Ukraine 4-0, World Cup fever finally took over the country on Thursday.
Spain was one of the last teams to play in the tournament.
But as the streets emptied and the bars filled at 3pm to watch the match, many workers were left with a difficult choice.
Football fans had to decide whether to make up an excuse for their boss in order to get to see the match – or come clean.
Newspapers did not help, offering a series of excuses to get out of work and settle down in the front of the game.
They ranged from telling the boss you had been stopped by the police, waiting for a television technician to adjust the set, having problems parking, having to retrieve your car from the compound or being stuck at the hospital for a holiday vaccination.
The Spain vs Ukraine game was the first to be shown free on terrestrial station Cuatro, after the La Sexta channel – which won rights to show the tournament - failed to reach enough homes.
To see La Sexta many people had to adjust their aerials and its signal did not reach rural areas - sparking a national outcry.
Subject: Spanish news