Wednesday, November 12, 2014

BBC football commentator in own goal after branding Ipswich supporters 'the great unwashed' on air when he thought the mic was off

Must not say what you think

BBC radio football commentator Brenner Woolley branded Ipswich Town fans the 'great unwashed' in a live broadcast of the Blues' 2-1 win over Wolves

Brenner Woolley, who's reported on Ipswich games for more than 10 years at the station, scored his embarrassing own goal when he thought he was off air.  He made the howler in the half-time break in the clubs' 2-1 win over Wolves at Portman Road on Tuesday night (Nov 4).

But Woolley's derogatory comment was picked up by supporters listening to the online worldwide live match commentary service provided by team's 'Player' service on the club's website.  They were not broadcast over the normal airwaves.

Nick Gibbs, editor of The Ibiza Sun newspaper, said Woolley blundered as he discussed the post-match telephone call-in show with co-commentator and ex-England star Mick Mills.

Mr Gibbs, who was listening in, said Mr Woolley said: 'I'll give you these headphones at full-time so you can hear the great unwashed!'

He said their chat, supposed to be private, could be heard for about 10 minutes during the half-time interval.

Other angry fans, known as the Tractor Boys, have called for the broadcaster to apologise at the next game.

One, named Martyn wrote on Twitter: 'I think Brenner Woolley should be made to stand in the middle of the pitch, at halftime on Saturday, and apologise to the fans



stinky said...

Ipswich fans start proudly labeling themselves "the great unwashed" in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

Bird of Paradise said...

Open Mouth insert foot

Anonymous said...

The great unwashed describes most soccer (football) supporters.