A reporter in the middle of a live shot covering the beginning of World Cup play was groped and kissed by a man in the city of Saransk. The reporter, Julieth Gonzalez Theran, who works for for German TV news agency Deutsche Welle’s Spanish-language channel, was not remotely fazed by the surprise attack from the rowdy reveler. She literally didn’t miss a beat as she delivered her report and the man jumped into the frame, grabbed her by one of her shoulders with one hand while his other hand landed on her left breast, yelled something unintelligible — possibly “Russia are champions” — and then planted a kiss on her cheek before quickly absconding. However, she posted a clip of the video on her Instagram page after the fact and expressed concern over unwanted advance.
“We do not deserve this treatment. We are equally as professional and deserving,” Gonzalez Theran wrote in a message accompanying the video, according to The New York Post. “I share the joy of football, but we must identify the line between affection and harassment,” she added.
Deutsche Welle addressed the incident in a news report published on its own website. In that report, Gonzalez Theran talked echoed her remarks posted on Instagram. She also talked about how unexpected the incident was for her as she focused on her work. “I had been at the scene for two hours to prepare for the broadcast and there had been no interruptions,” Gonzalez Theran said. “When we went live, this fan took advantage of the situation. But afterwards, when I checked to see if he was still there, he was gone. For me it is an isolated incident. There are always fans that compliment you and behave respectfully. This one went too far.” She added, “We must clearly deal with this problem.”
Commenters on social media expressed outrage at the man’s blatant violation. “You handled yourself really well but the man is a first-class imbecile and disrespectful.” According to reports, the man in the video has yet to be identified. This is hardly the first time such behavior by soccer fans has been caught on camera, sadly. Just last month, a reporter for Fox Sports in Mexico was covering a soccer game and was groped by a celebrating fan. She, however, did not go on with the report and fought back.
Watch the scene from Saransk below.
🔵⚪️ Faltan pocas horas para el comienzo del Mundial de Rusia, nuestra enviada especial @juliethgonzaleztheran se animó a entrar al corazón de la #fanzone. Una misión peligrosa, del día uno en adelante: reforzamos las precauciones. No es un beso, es un ataque no consentido. #mobilereporting #mojo #Mundial2018 #Rusia2018 #DW_Español #Acoso
Read the full story at The New York Post.