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World Cup Commentary Council: Twitter erupts over Pearce gaffe

| 16.06.2014

France scored the first goal to be awarded by goal-line technology against Honduras, but for Jonathan Pearce, whose brain frazzled quicker than the machines he used to commentate on for Robot Wars, things weren’t so clear cut.

Bamboozled by the decision to show two replays, which were needed to prove that it was actually an own goal that was scored, Pearce went into meltdown, even saying at one point “Well which replay are we supposed to believe? This was supposed to be a flawless system.”

Naturally, Twitter pounced on Pearce like a cat on a mouse, only pausing in their abuse to sleep. Here’s some of the best chides:






Later, a clearly scrambled Pearce thought this was a goal:

The quite extraordinary work of the BBC man will have both Clarke Carlisle and Phil Neville scrawling Pearce’s name at the top of their Christmas card list, as it pushed their own commentating crimes to the background.

During Ecuador’s clash with Switzerland, Carlisle, the man known as ‘Britain’s Braniest Footballer’ sent hands slapping against foreheads everywhere when he mused:

“When Jackson Martinez can’t get in the side, they (Ecuador) must be pretty good.”

Well, Clarke, there’s a simple reason for Martinez’s absence, as @FootballJester brilliantly pointed out on Twitter:

Gary Neville made himself immortal in the commentary world with his girly screams for that Fernando Torres goal in the Champions League, unfortunately his brother Phil doesn’t get quite as excited for England goals:

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Matt Wiggins

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