A Shanghai sports anchor was fired last night after he’d continually referred to visiting players from Jiangsu Sainty as “dogs” during a match against Shanghai Shenhua.
Zhou Liang, PPTV’s sports center director, was sacked along with another unidentified person who was said to be likewise responsible.
“We did our investigation and can confirm that the indecent remark was made by Zhou,” PPTV said. “It has hurt many soccer fans, for which we sincerely apologize. We are zero-tolerant to such a behavior.”
While announcing for Wednesday night’s China Football Association semi-final at Shanghai’s Hongkou Football Stadium, Zhou could be heard saying: “Let me introduce the starting players with the Jiangsu Sainty… No. 1 is north Jiangsu dog, No. 2 north Jiangsu dog, No. 3 is a north Jiangsu dog from Brazil, No. 6 is a north Jiangsu dog from Lebanon…the No. 24 is the last north Jiangsu dog.”
Zhou later denied the whole ordeal and claimed that the video clip was faked, but further investigation confirmed that it was indeed the real deal.
Zhou’s Weibo account was flooded with over 4,000 comments from fans of Jiangsu Sainty, who won 2-0.
He responded in a post: “Why are over 1,300 soccer fans abusing me together?…Have I said anything improper? I don’t think so.”
Here’s the video.