A state-owned Syrian TV channel has claimed that analysis of Barcelona's formation "represents arms smuggling routes"
The clip above (see original report) proposes that an analysis of Barcelona's passing movements gives clues about weapons routes to Syrian rebels attempting to oust President Bashar Assad.
The ball, apparently, represented the weapons. The Barcelona players, allegedly, are the smugglers. Real Madrid's, it claimed, represented blockages as weapons were brought in from Lebanon.
So when the analysts showed the ball moving from one player to the other, and getting round Real Madrid's defence, the rebels were made aware of the location of the weapons.
The voice-over informs us that when the ball is passed by Lionel Messi it means that weapons have reached rebels in Dir al-Zur.Barking mad as that sounds, it somehow seems less ridiculous than Apple having close to a hundred billion bucks burning a hole in its pockets. A hundred billion here ..... a hundred billion there ..... pretty soon you're talking about a lot of money.