Martin Tyler swiftly apologised for a remark he made against Ukraine goalie Heorhiy Bushchan following the team’s World Cup qualification loss to Wales.
Andriy Yarmolenko’s own goal was the deciding factor as Wales qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 64 years. Just before half-time, Gareth Bale’s free-kick was headed into his own net by the former West Ham United man, putting Rob Page’s side on their way to the Qatar tournament.
Despite injuring his ankle while attempting to punch clear a cross, the Ukraine goalkeeper will have to’soldier on.’ Tyler instantly apologised live on air for his remarks after Wales won 1-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Ukraine, who beat Scotland 3-1 on Wednesday to get to this stage, created many opportunities to score but were unable to beat Wayne Hennessey, who was in inspired form on the night. He made 10 saves in total, including one excellent one from Roman Yaremchuck’s header.
But fans cut Tyler little slack after his poor choice of words when Bushchan fell to the ground after injuring his ankle. It is the type of slip many pundits and fans must have made without even noticing since Russia began invading Ukraine back in February. Although Tyler was sharp enough to realise, viewers on Twitter quickly spotted and slammed his mistake.
It was Wales who will join England, Iran and USA in Group B, though, with the tournament set to get underway on Monday, November 21. The Three Lions will play Page’s men in the final game of the group stages.
One fan posted: “Martin Tyler just said the Ukrainian goalkeeper will ‘soldier on’ and promptly apologised for saying that. He’s genuinely just awful. #WALUKR.”
Another said: “No way Martin Tyler just said the Ukrainian keeper will soldier on.” One even added: “Wow. Retire.”
Meanwhile, others defended Tyler for his comments and claimed it was just an innocent ‘figure of speech’. These opinions included: “Strange. What he said is an idiomatic expression” and “Some people are offended by anything ffs”. One said: “It’s a figure of speech. Nothing wrong with it. Leave the poor man alone.”
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