By Chris Wright
Charleroi striker Harlem Gnohere has sued a Belgian television commentator after he told viewers that the French forward was “fat as a pig” while analyzing the Jupiler Pro League side’s 2-1 defeat against KV Kortrijk last weekend.
Speaking live on air, Belgacom TV’s Stephane Pauwels claimed that Gnohere was “Fat/thick (depending on whose translation you use) as a pig,” and that “He is 15 kilograms too heavy and going nowhere.”
Gnohere – a stocky striker known as “Bison” to the Charleroi fans – wasn’t best pleased with Pauwels’ comments and decided to take legal action against the commentator, seeking a public apology but he also stated that he’d be perfectly willing to drop all the charges if Pauwels agreed to make a charitable donation.
Pauwels duly half-apologised on Twitter:
“Harsh, yes, that’s football. OK, I should have said ‘a few too many kilos’. My apologies to Bison.”
“Okay, I should have said ‘excess pounds’. My apologies to the Sudpresse newspapers, who apparently had to make a point.”
Oh yes. Straight from the bottom of his heart, that one. For the record, whether or not Pauwels has made the charitable donation yet is still unclear. We’re guessing not.
(Photo via Gazet van Antwerpen)