DA common thesis is that people on television are shown so much football for so long that at some point they no longer want to see it. On Sunday evening, at the best time of the crime scene, the assumption became broadcast reality in German football countries. The ARD had put the final of the Nations League on its top slot and sent the crime scene investigators home at a quarter past eight. Not a good idea, as you can see when looking at the odds the next day, but you could guess beforehand.
Only 3.25 million people actually watched the Nations League final, a subordinate soccer competition in the crammed soccer calendar. At the crime scene, around twice as many tune in. The result, which television and football wish the video referee annulled, is as clear and unambiguous as the loss of reputation that the German national team has suffered in recent years.