TV commentator and ex-Liverpool defender Jim Beglin faces fury in America and is forced to apologise for blaming Angel Di Maria’s red card in PSG’s defeat by Manchester City on his ‘Latino temperament’, as he admits to ‘wrongly using a racial stereotype
- Jim Beglin has apologised for a ‘culturally insensitive remark’ made on Tuesday
- The broadcaster noted PSG attacker Angel di Maria’s ‘Latino temperament’
- The Argentine had been sent off after kicking out at Man City’s Fernandinho
- Beglin, 57, said he ‘wrongly used a racial stereotype’ during CBS Sport coverage
- Manchester City 2-0 PSG (4-1 agg)- Guardiola’s side book place in CL final
Jim Beglin has apologised after the broadcaster made a ‘culturally insensitive remark’ during CBS Sports’ coverage of Manchester City’s win over Paris Saint-Germain.
Beglin, 57, referenced Angel di Maria’s ‘Latino temperament’ after the Argentine was dismissed for kicking out at City’s Fernandinho during PSG’s 2-0 loss in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
Soon after making the comment, ESPN reports that the Irishman said on-air: ‘When Di Maria was sent off, I described it by using the word Latino. For anybody that’s taken offense, I do apologize – sincerely apologize.’
Jim Beglin (left) has apologised for making a ‘culturally insensitive remark’ during Man City’s win over PSG on Tuesday night
Beglin, 57, referred to Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria’s ‘Latino temperament’
‘I apologise for my culturally insensitive remarks during the Champions League tie between Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain,’ the 57-year-old tweeted.
‘I wrongly used a racial stereotype. This was inappropriate and unacceptable. Words have a strong impact, and I fully understand the severity of what I said when Angel Di Maria was sent off.
‘I will learn from this and be better moving forward.’
Beglin’s remark was not well-received Stateside, with football fans taking to Twitter to express their fury with the ill-informed comment.
The Argentine had been sent off for kicking out at City’s Fernandinho in the second half
The former Liverpool star took to Twitter to apologise for the ‘racial stereotype’ made
‘Jim Beglin for God’s sake, there was no need for that,’ said user @RobertoRojas97.
‘How did Jim Beglin think it was alright to say that’, another Twitter user said.
‘Jim Beglin rightly apologized for the comment after the Di Maria red card,’ @chrismoore32 wrote. ‘That made me uncomfortable. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about that later’.
Another fan said that Beglin’s apology was ‘not good enough’, with viewers disappointed with the comment made on-air.
Experienced commentator Clive Tyldesley also commented on the matter, clarifying that he had not made the remark and was watching the game from home.
‘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,’ Tyldesley tweeted.
Tyldesley had been accused of ‘fat shaming’ social media influencer Chunkz during last year’s Soccer Aid, broadcast on ITV.
City advanced to the final for the first time in their history on Tuesday night as a Riyad Mahrez double clinched a 4-1 aggregate win over the underwhelming Parisians in testing conditions in Manchester.