By Chris Wright
ESPN have moved to issue an official apology (as posted directly in the comments of this Pies’ article ) after commentator Jon Champion referred to Luis Suarez’s hand-assisted winning goal against Mansfield in the FA Cup this weekend as being “the work of a cheat.”
The comment in full (the last paragraph of which has been issued as a formal statement):
Dear Who Ate All The Pies,
Tristan O’Carroll here from ESPN’s press office. I wanted to share with you a statement (attributed to an ESPN spokesman and not to me) around our lead commentator Jon Champion’s comments yesterday in case you have or will be running something about it. Would appreciate if you would fold into any posts.
“We take our responsibility to deliver the highest standards of coverage to our viewers. ESPN’s editorial policy is for commentators to be unbiased and honest, to call things as they see them. Inevitably this can involve treading a fine line on occasion, especially in the heat of the moment. Comments during the Mansfield v Liverpool match caused offence where none was intended and we have spoken to our commentator about this incident.”
Thank for your time.