Sky News make two big blunders in disastrous interviews at World Cup

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Sky News suffered on-air embarrassment after Wales’ World Cup dreams were dealt a sickening blow against Iran on Friday morning. Journalist Alistair Bunkall was forced to apologise twice in 13 seconds while trying to collect some reaction from Welsh fans leaving the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium.

Wales are staring a group-stage exit in the 2022 World Cup in the face after falling to a late 2-0 defeat to Iran. Rob Page watched his side collapse during nine minutes of stoppage time after Wayne Hennessey saw red for kneeing an opponent in the face to stop a one-on-one break.

The Red Dragons looked like they were going to cling onto a second point in as many games after their opening 1-1 draw with the USA. However, substitute Roozbeh Cheshmi found the bottom corner with a sublime long-range strike to break Welsh hearts in the 98th minute. Three minutes later, Ramin Rezaeian doubled the lead.

And with Wales now rock-bottom of Group B with one point, supporters were unsurprisingly deflated as they made their way from the Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. Bunkall, Sky News’ Middle East correspondent, tried to gather some insight from fans in Qatar, but it led to a series of on-air howlers.

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First, he said: “Guys, sorry, you’re live on Sky News, your reaction to the win?” A visibly baffled Wales fan responded, ‘we lost’, prompting Bunkall to apologise for the first time: “Sorry reaction to the loss, apologies.”

Before the Welshman could reply, another supporter emerged from behind the Sky journo and jibed: “Give it Giggsy ’til the end of the season!” And when Bunkall asked him for his ‘reaction to the loss’, he produced an X-rated response: “Ahhh, s**t.”

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The blunder was much to the amusement of viewers as Bunkall quickly apologised to the camera for the language. But it accurately summed up the feeling among the Wales faithful, with progression into the knockouts now out of Page’s side’s own hands.

All Wales can do is defeat England and hope for the best, with Iran now two points ahead and the USA still to play twice. Despite netting the penalty to save his nation from defeat in their opener, too, Gareth Bale’s major tournament swansong looks set to end in almighty disappointment in the Middle East.

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