World Cup: Irish TV Pundit Apologizes for Swearing On-Air
LONDON – An soccer pundit has apologized for swearing on the air Tuesday night during Irish national public service broadcaster RTE's coverage of Brazil's second World Cup match.
Eamon Dunphy, a former soccer pro who also played on the Irish national team, in a studio discussion with host Bill O’Herlihy just before the start of the game against Mexico was asked about the high level of expectations for Brazilian star players, such as Neymar.
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He referenced Neymar’s penalty goal during Brazil's World Cup opening match against Croatia. "When Neymar was shaping up to take that penalty, I thought he was f—ing dreading it,” Dunphy said.
O’Herlihy gasped before gesturing to Dunphy while the two teams were shown walking into the stadium in the background. "We are not on-air, are we?" Dunphy asked.
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The host replied: "We are." He then told the audience: "I apologize for that. Obviously, that was an inexactitude.”
Following a break, O’Herily told viewers: "Now, before the game, you might have heard an unfortunate word, so I’ll hand you over to Eamon."
Dunphy told the audience: "I’d just like to apologize to anybody. I thought we were on an ad break, and I used a four-letter word. I’m very, very sorry for the offense I’m sure I caused some people." He also promised: "It won’t happen again."
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Dunphy later also told Irish newspapers that he was sorry for the swear word. He cited exhaustion as the reason. “It’s the first time in 36 years that I have said a swear word on the air," Dunphy said. "I was very tired because we had been six hours in the studio. It was a long day.”
RTE previously talked to Dunphy after an on-air rant, according to reports at the time.