Irish broadcaster drops Neymar-related expletive on air

The Rio Report

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An outspoken Irish pundit had to make a speedy apology after making a four-letter remark about Neymar ahead of Brazil’s Group A clash with Mexico.


Unaware that he was on air, Eamon Dunphy responded to RTE presenter Bill O'Herlihy's question about the level of expectation on the Brazil players by referring back to Neymar's second goal from the penalty spot against Croatia.

"When Neymar was shaping up to take that penalty, I thought he was f***ing dreading it," Dunphy said, as fellow panelist, former Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann, toyed with his mobile phone.

The experienced O'Herlihy, who began covering the World Cup for RTE in 1978 and is set to retire after the tournament, immediately informed Dunphy he was on air before saying sorry to the viewers.

"I apologise for that, obviously that was an inexactitude," the embarrassed presenter said - with O'Herlihy chipping in with his own apology - before moving swiftly on to the panel's predictions.

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