Legendary commentator Clive Tyldesley offered up a brilliant response after one comment about Angel di Maria’s red card on CBS drew huge criticism.
Manchester City secured a huge 2-0 win over PSG in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in a game where emotions truly ran wild.
The hosts were in control for the majority of the game, and as the Ligue 1 side looked to force a break through, tempers began to spill over.
PSG received a number of yellow cards in the second half for rash challenges, while Angel di Maria was sent off with 20 minutes left to play for stamping on Fernandinho while the ball was out of play.
The Argentine was clearly frustrated with his and his side’s performance on the night, with PSG’s desire to win the Champions League certainly no secret.
And shortly after Di Maria’s red card, the phrase “Latino temperament” was rather thoughtlessly thrown out by Jim Beglin, who was on commentary for CBS.
However, it seems as though Tyldesley was also in the firing line, and the former ITV commentator was quick to clear his name on social media.
He tweeted: “In answer to those accusing me of racism during the Champions League semi-final, I am sitting at home watching on TV and not commentating.”
Commentating for American broadcaster CBS Sports, Beglin appeared to say “It’s that Latino temperament” as Di Maria walked towards the tunnel.
The comment received huge backlash on social media, with several unhappy with the racial stereotype Beglin appeared to draw.
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And he did in fact later apologise live on air.
“When Di Maria was sent off, I described it by using the word Latino,” he added.
“For anybody that’s taken offence, I do apologise – sincerely apologise.”
City will face either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the final of the Champions League later this month.
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