Angry in America, TV commentator and ex-Liverpool defender Jim Beglin apologizes for putting Angel Di Maria’s red card in PSG’s defeat to Manchester City back to his “Latino temperament” as he admits “misusing a racist stereotype”
- Jim Beglin apologized for a “culturally insensitive remark” made on Tuesday
- The broadcaster noticed the “Latino temperament” of PSG attacker Angel di Maria.
- The Argentine was sent off after being eliminated at Man Citys Fernandinho
- Beglin, 57, said he “mistakenly used a racist stereotype” while reporting on CBS Sport
- Manchester City 2-0 PSG (4-1 agg) – Guardiola’s sub-book slot in the CL final
Jim Beglin has apologized after the broadcaster made a “culturally insensitive remark” during CBS Sports’ coverage of Manchester City’s victory over Paris Saint-Germain.
The 57-year-old Beglin referred to Angel di Maria’s “Latino temperament” after the Argentine was sacked after he was eliminated in PSG’s 2-0 loss in the Champions League semi-finals to Fernandinho.
Shortly after the comment, ESPN reported that the Irishman said on the air: “When Di Maria was sent off, I used the word Latino to describe him. For anyone who is offended, I apologize – sincerely apologize. ‘
Former Liverpool full-back Beglin switched to Twitter after the game to post one full explanation about the remark he described as “culturally insensitive”.
Jim Beglin (left) has apologized for making a “culturally insensitive remark” during Man City’s win over PSG on Tuesday night
Beglin, 57, was referring to the “Latino temperament” of Parisian Saint Germain star Angel di Maria.
“I apologize for my culturally insensitive remarks during the Champions League game between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain,” tweeted the 57-year-old.
“I mistakenly used a racial stereotype. This was inappropriate and unacceptable. Words are powerful and I understand the severity of what I said when Angel Di Maria was sent off.
“I will learn from it and develop better.”
Beglin’s comment was not well received in the US, and football fans took to Twitter to express their anger with the ill-informed comment.
“Jim Beglin, for God’s sake, that wasn’t necessary,” said user @ RobertoRojas97.
“How did Jim Beglin think it was okay to say that,” said another Twitter user.
“Jim Beglin was right to apologize for the comment following Di Maria’s red card,” @ chrismoore32 wrote. ‘That made me uncomfortable. I am sure we will hear more about this later. ‘
Seasoned commentator Clive Tyldesley also commented on the matter, making it clear that he had not made the comment and was watching the game from home.
The Argentine was sent off in the second half due to a knockout against Fernandinho
The former Liverpool star took to Twitter to apologize for the “racial stereotype” it has created
“In response to those who accuse me of racism during the Champions League semifinals, I sit at home and watch TV and don’t comment,” Tyldesley tweeted.
Tyldesley was accused of “embarrassing” social media influencer Chunkz during last year’s Soccer Aid, which aired on ITV.
City reached the final for the first time in their history on Tuesday night when a pair of Riad Mahrez on test conditions in Manchester scored a 4-1 aggregate victory over the overwhelming Parisians.