Publish dateTuesday 9 July 2024 - 10:52
Story Code : 293240
BBC apologizes for mocking Cristiano Ronaldo
The BBC issued a statement apologizing after fans and pundits reacted angrily to the subtitles it used during the match between the national teams of Portugal and Slovenia in the round of 16 of Euro 2024.
Afghan Voice Agency (AVA): During the live broadcast of this match, the BBC accompanied the scene of Cristiano Ronaldo's missed penalty with the subtitle "Mistiano Penaldo.

This move made Ronaldo's fans angry and upset, who expressed their anger by storming social networks.

John Terry, the former defender of Chelsea and the England national team, also expressed his anger and called the BBC a "disgrace".

The BBC eventually responded to the criticism by releasing a statement: "The subtitle was intended as a mere play on words. No offense intended towards Cristiano Ronaldo. In fact, he was spoken of many times in a positive tone during the program, including:
In the pre-match segment, where Jose Fonte referred to Ronaldo's commitment to training, saying "that's why he's one of the best ever."

At half-time, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer analyzed Ronaldo's moves in detail, describing it as "absolutely fantastic".

After the penalty shootout, both Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer noted Ronaldo's courage and self-belief to step up and take the penalty.

The BBC continued its statement: "In no part of the program, the experts did not criticize Ronaldo too much and the overall tone of the program was respectful towards him. However, we understand that viewers were unhappy with the subtitles and this feedback has been passed on to the production team for consideration in future work."

With the Euro 2024 campaign over, 39-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo will enjoy a well-timed holiday before returning to the country to begin pre-season with Saudi Arabia's Al-Nasr ahead of the 2024-25 season.
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