Dunphy apologies for use of ‘F’ word during World Cup coverage
RTÉ receive 13 complaints from viewers afteroutburst by soccer pundit live on air
Eamon Dunphy apologised for swearing live on air during the World Cup analysis on RTÉ. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times
His use of the ‘f’ word twice prompted 13 complaints to RTÉ from viewers
Presenter Bill O’Herlihy reminded Dunphy that they were on air and apologised to viewers for what O’Herlihy called an “inexactitude”.
Dunphy said he had made a mistake and apologised especially to young people.
“It could have been a lot worse. There is a lot of slander when you think nobody is listening,” he said on the RTÉ Today with Sean O’Rourke programme this morning.
Dunphy said his remarks were “a venal rather than a mortal sin” and couldn’t be compared to, for instance, Ron Atkinson who se career as a television pundit ended when he described Chelsea player Marcel Desailly as a f***ing lazy nigger” when he thought he was off-air.
Dunphy said he was not the only one who thought they were off-air as former German international Dietmar Hamann was checking his phone messages at the time.
He later apologised saying he had a few drinks the night before and no sleep.
The match between Brazil and Mexico attracted an average audience over the full programme of 381,800 which represented a share of 30.44 per cent of those watching TV at the time.