Anyway, Huang Jianxiang, the idiot in question, has apologized:
“I reviewed the video of last night after waking up this morning,” Huang said, “and felt my words were biased and inappropriate and that they may have hurt or displeased a lot of Chinese soccer fans.”
“Here, I apologize to all viewers for my improper and biased comments,” Huang said. “I will try to remain as objective and impartial as the referee who ruled the game on the pitch as a sports broadcaster.”
As objective and impartial as the referee. That leaves a lot of wiggle room, eh, Australia fans? All the links above include English translations of what Huang
said screamed. But just for kicks, here are some of his more colorful statements (they were taken from different sources, so they may be out of order and may overlap a little):
“Penalty! Penalty! Penalty! Grosso made his contribution. Don’t give Australia any chances.”
“The great left back has inherited Italy’s glorious tradition. His body is possessed by Maldini’s spirit at this moment.”
“Goal! The game is over! Italy is victorious! They eliminated Australia! Great Italy! Great Italian left back! Happy birthday, Maldini! Long live Italy!”
“Definitely it was an undisputed penalty. Penalty! Penalty! Penalty! Grosso’s done it, Grosso’s done it!”
“Great Italian left back! Grosso succeeded in the long history and tradition of Italian soccer! He is not fighting alone at the moment!”
“Totti! He is about to take the shot! He shoulders the expectations of the whole world!”
“Goooooal! Game over! Italy win! Beat the Australians! They do not fall in front of Hiddink again, who led South Korea to knock out Italy in the 2002 World Cup!”
“Italy the great! Left back the great! Happy birthday to Maldini! Forza Italia! Long live Italy!”
“Go home! Go home! But they don’t need to fly back to Australia. It’s too far away. Most of them live in Europe anyway. Bye-bye!”
Later, Huang tried to explain his words in an interview with Xinhua:
“I am a human being, not a machine, and I can’t be impartial all the time. Australia reminded me of a lousy team which eliminated China in the 1981 World Cup qualifiers. Australia is just like New Zealand team that beat us in 1981.
“It (Australia) is full of neutralized Australians who play and live in Britain. I don’t care about the Australian team and don’t want to see Australia have good results.”
Evidently Huang’s comments have been a hot topic of debate on the Chinese internet. A poll on Sina.com showed that 60 percent of respondents sided with Huang, a famous broadcaster who has covered Italian soccer for a long time. The Shanghai Daily said some people are downloading Huang’s tirade and making it their ring tone.
In other soccer news, nine deaths in China have been “caused by the World Cup.” The most recent story involves a man in Shaanxi who jumped to his death from the seventh floor of a hotel because he was too distraught after his favorite team, Holland, lost to Portugal:
The police found a small piece of paper on the man containing his last words that he’s too disappointed with the team and decided to die. He refused any rescues because he was poor and was an orphan. He also mentioned he was willing to donate his organs.
Crazy CCTV football commentator; Fictional foreign news? (Danwei)
Chinese commentator’s anti-Socceroo rant (Sydney Morning Herald World Cup Blog)