While watching the Poland-Greece and Russia-Czech Republic matches last night, I suddenly realised that being an online minute-by-minute reporter for these matches is a very difficult job indeed. Not convinced?
Take a look at the names of some of the players on show last night. Here:
Would you want to be one of the live bloggers reporting last night? Would be able to rattle off such names without a spelling error and update your blog every minute on the minute? No, right? Neither would I. That’s why such reporters ask for, and get, danger money, besides their pay and bonuses. If you get a ‘cz’ in the wrong place and mix up your ‘poulos’es, the next thing you’ll know is the secret police hauling you up before the European Court of Criminal Justice, before you can spell Przemysław Abracadabrovskiy, or Sviatoslav Abracadabrov.
I am told that reporting England matches is much simpler, hence you get paid in pennies for such a doddle. Suppose I wrote that “the big lummox masquerading as a centre forward headed the ball two yards over the bar from four yards out”, or “the brainless side of beef got nutmegged for the fifth time today”, we’ll all know who I am writing about.