Photoshop Fail: News Outlet Tried to Make the Crowd Look More Pro-Madrid at ‘The Big House’


This weekend, two of soccer’s biggest teams brought their talents to ‘The Big House,’ in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to host what was the largest attendance record for a soccer game on US soil. It was Manchester United vs. Real Madrid and despite the efforts from both clubs, Manchester United came out on top, with a 3–1 victory.

But, despite a victory, an embarrassing photoshop fail from Spanish media outlet, Marca, has left Manchester United fans a bit upset. In an overhead photograph of the game, shared by Manchester United on Twitter, Marca decided it would attempt to diminish the crowd presence of Manchester United fans by desaturating the shirts of those in the stands of the Big House.

Bleacher Report was one of the first outlets to report on it, but it was Twitter users who pointed out the inconsistency, comparing the image as shared by Manchester United’s Twitter account and the photograph used on Marca’s website.

It’s by no means the first photoshop fail by a media outlet, but we’ll certainly give them points for their creativity. If only photoshopping the 3–1 on the scoreboard would ease the heartbreak for Real Madrid fans…if only.

(via Bleacher Report)

  • Jim Johnson

    I would say it’s a photoshop win. I would have never realized they photoshopped it without the comparison photo.

    However, it’s a big journalism fail.

  • OtterMatt

    The phrase “journalistic integrity” must not translate very well into… um… well, any language, really. :

  • Kynikos

    They should have photoshopped in the Champions League logo over the centre circle. It’d be the only chance United would get to see it all year.

  • Sunil Thakkar

    they seemed to have removed red from the Manchester United logo as well…

  • Ondrej Vranka

    instagram filters :D :D I bet, they didn’t even realize, what they did.

  • macopandwi

    Go Blue!

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  • Vin Weathermon

    Pretty sad they even thought it necessary. Let them slide….too pathetic.

  • SM

    Is the same picture or a different picture with different color settings?
    The first picture seems sharper

  • Jon Erdmann

    The top photo is sharp, clear and clean… the bottom photo is, like I see so many of in a MEH type of unedited state. So what is the issue?

  • SM

    These two images are not from the same camera or do not have the same detail settings. The “manipulated” one seems to be sharper.

    A simple search in Google Images of “Real Madrid Manchester United Michigan 2014″ shows some images with the same colours at the public and sharp details.

    It is a little bit sad that a newspaper has been accused of manipulation with nothing to win in this case. However, I concede that they may have selected the images that seemed more white, but I doubt that they have manipulated these images.

    Finally, these critics to a newspaper are from a fan and are given more credibility in petapixel than to the actual newspaper. Maybe a check should be done before harming the credibility of a newspaper.

    (I’m not related to the newspaper in any way and I have a bad opinion of sport newspapers)

  • MickO

    Interesting that the passing cars and people are in the same position in both photographs. Such a coincidence. I wonder how that happened if the images were not from the same camera.

  • pgb0517

    The images are clearly the same. The clumps of people and the cars are in the exact same locations, and the angle of view is identical. That one is sharper than the other doesn’t mean they aren’t the same image.

  • woofa

    SMH Nice try. Huge fail. Are you actually capable of comparing like images?