Most Spaniards sick of too much football in media

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22 June 2007, MADRID - Most Spaniards think professional football is more about glitz than solid athletic competition and that the media pays too much attention to the game, according to a poll.

22 June 2007

MADRID - Most Spaniards think professional football is more about glitz than solid athletic competition and that the media pays too much attention to the game, according to a poll. 

The survey by the government-funded Center for Sociological Research found Spaniards still love the sport, though many doubt professional leagues are bound by the same rules of fair play and fun that dominate amateur matches.

Seven in ten of the 2,473 people surveyed said that the media reports too much on the sport.

Eight in ten believe believe professional matches are more about showmanship than sportsmanship and 73.8 percent agreed with the statement that soccer "generates a lot of money and is therefore susceptible to corruption."

While 72.8 percent said they watch as much soccer as they can on television, almost half of those surveyed believed that "the referees decisions always favor the same teams and end up influencing the results."

Despite the skepticism, soccer remains Spain's most popular spectator sport with 58.2 percent saying that soccer is of intense personal interest to them.

Almost one third of Spaniards said they are sad when their team loses and 15 percent expressed "irritation" with their favored soccer club after a loss.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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