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Fans are confused after hearing La Liga’s foul-mouthed Spanish referee the women’s game as “f*** off.”

Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote-inspired language received a nasty Anglo-Saxon shock when a video promoting women’s football contained several instances of the four-letter word.

The makers of the promotional video for La Liga F, the Spanish women’s professional football league, played on the letter F, which stands for feminina, or “women’s,” to highlight the league’s broad appeal.

Just a few of the words included images of women giving birth, scoring goals, and supporting the players. Other words included “family,” “future,” and “fantasy.”

However, the air turned blue when the animated Spanish narrator yelled “f*** off” at the 45-second mark of the video.

The list continued in Spanish as if nothing had happened, and there was no explanation for the sudden appearance of the Anglo-Saxon curse word.

When the video of the expletive was released in Spain as the season began, it shocked English speakers there. The promotional clip has already received 138,000 views.

British journalist Sally Davies, who is based in Barcelona, tweeted: “Oh no. Not at all. (Seconds) See 0.45. Did no one consider approaching a native speaker?

“I assume they mean f*** you, but even that would be weirdly crude and discordant,” she said afterward.

I wish I had this video on hand when I was teaching EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students about the risks of using profanity in a language you don’t know very well.

One user tweeted simply: “OMG”.

Some people shared videos of referees using their whistles.

Spanish businesses frequently hire non-native English speakers for publicity or translations, which can occasionally result in linguistic gaffes.

Despite significant investments in teaching the language in businesses and schools, Spain has consistently drawn criticism for its low level of English usage.

When traveling outside of Spain, both Pedro Sanchez, the prime minister, and King Felipe VI both speak fluent English.

With “moderate proficiency” in the language, Spain ranks 33rd globally on the EF English Proficiency Index, trailing nations like Malaysia, Romania, and Bulgaria.

FILE - Barcelona players celebrate at the end of the Women's Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Johan Cruyff stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 13, 2022. On Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, the Spanish soccer federation blamed the newly created professional women???s league for a two-week delay in the draw for this season???s competition. The federation said the draw will finally take place on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022 after a ruling by Spain???s highest sports authority. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)

Of course, using profanity while playing football is nothing new. However, due to its potential impact on younger fans, players’ frequent use of four-letter words has drawn criticism.

It is the second incident involving profanity in the women’s game in recent months. In August’s Euros final, England star Jill Scott was caught on camera yelling, “F*** off, you f***ing prick,” at a German opponent.

The incident was largely laughed off or praised as a sign of passion in the English media, despite the perception that female athletes are less aggressive in the sport than men.

La Liga F rejected claims that its use of profanity would negatively affect young players and was unapologetic about using it to promote the game.

“It was done to try to get some attention because there are so many foreign players in the Spanish league. The language of the game is heavily influenced by the English language, according to Maria Rodrigo, a spokeswoman for La Liga F.

Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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