Spanish Television Squashes Man of Match Voting When Pinto Runs Away with Win

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVApril 17, 2014

Barcelona goalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto reacts after Real's Angel Di Maria scored the opening goal during the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Manu Fernandez

The national television station of Spain was forced to abandon a social campaign in the interest of saving their own and Jose Manuel Pinto's face after cheeky Madrid voters rallied to vote the maligned Barcelona goalkeeper as Man of the Match. 

Pinto, who has been forced into action for injured Victor Valdes, had a shaky performance in the Copa del Rey final on Wednesday night. 

An argument could have been made that he should have done better with Angel di Maria's opener. Gareth Bale's winner was incredible, but the 38-year-old Pinto was still nutmegged by the speedy Welshman. 

TVE, the Spanish national television station, halted their voting as Pinto was slowly becoming the runaway winner of the "award" with 75 percent of the vote.

Eventually, they just picked Bale, who in spite of hitting the winner, only had 20 percent or so of the vote.

[Goal, h/t Reddit]