Soccer WC coverage 'misogynistic': Miriam González Durántez

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London, July 13 (ANI): Miriam González Durántez, the wife of Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, says media coverage of the recently concluded soccer World Cup was misogynistic.

The Spanish born González has criticised reports suggesting Spain underperformed in the early stages of the football tourney because their goalie had been distracted by his girlfriend.

It was reported that Spanish fans believed goalie Iker Casillas fluffed an easy save in their 1-0 defeat to Switzerland because flame Sara Carbonero, a television sports reporter, was on the touchline.

González says Spain's World Cup victory vindicates Casillas, and accused The Times, which covered the story, of patronising Carbonero.

"Sir, Now that Spain has won the World Cup and Iker Casillas demonstrated on Sunday that he is an outstanding goalkeeper regardless of whether his girlfriend, Sara Carbonero, watches him from the touchline or not, it may be time for you to eat a bit of humble pie," The Telegraph quoted González, as writing in a letter to the daily.

She added: "Trying to blame Sara for Spain's initial lacklustre performance while she was simply doing her job ("Spanish inquisition blames WAG after Swiss vanquish the favourites", June 17) was not worthy of a newspaper that should treat women for who they are and not simply for what their male partners do."

The Times, however, has stood by it story, insisting it did nothing wrong by reporting the reaction among Spanish fans. (ANI)

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