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The following was in a recent issue of MCIVTA. I found that I agreed with a lot of the opinion, so I thought that I would share it on here:-
I have complained to the BBC in the strongest terms possible about their poor, biased, nasty punditry and, I am sad to say, commentary of the England v Italy match last Sunday.
The punditry of Alan Hansen and Alan Shearer and the commentary of Guy Mowbray and Mark Lawrenson was disgraceful and their victimisation of Mario Balotelli was appalling. It was nothing short of a character assassination. In a school this would be classed as bullying and victimisation.
If you saw it or heard it, then I urge you to complain too:
Complaints can be made at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/complain-online/
I refer to Hansen referring to Mario Balotelli as “stupid Mario” and his untrue comment saying that he had won nothing, to which his fellow pundit, Lee Dixon, much to his credit said “The Championship”.
Hansen opined that City only won the Premier League because Balotelli got banned after being sent off at Arsenal. Again, not true. The facts say otherwise. Mario Balotelli provided the pass for the winning goal that sealed Manchester City’s Premier League Title on 13th may 2012. A Championship to which Balotelli contributed 13 League goals, as well as assists.
Hansen and Shearer focused on Balotelii’s negative points, ignoring the good, yet they made no references to Wayne Rooney’s many indiscretions.
It was not lost on the main presenter Gary Lineker who referred to “juvenile back references”, before adding “so leave it out, yeah”.
I did some further research into Balotelli.
Whilst Mario Balotelli is a young man with a colourful character and maybe needs to mature somewhat, he is very popular with his team mate and fans (not just of his own club), as well as a very successful career on the pitch. I would also refer you to Mario Balotelli’s record of success. A Champions League medal, 3 Italian Seria A (Scudetti) medals, 1 Premier league medal, 1 Italian Cup medal, 1 UEFA Supercup medal, 1 FA Cup medal (all before the age of 22). Hardly the record of a “stupid” person, and certainly the record of someone who deserves more respect than he gets from the BBC.
I also refer to Mark Lawrenson’s peevish joining in with the character assassination of Balotelli:
Guy Mowbray said “Mario is having a moan” (whilst ignoring all Rooney’s “moans”), and Lawrenson replied by saying of Balotelli “if his brains were petrol he wouldn’t get out of the garage”. This all went beyond the reasonable bounds of comment and was very demeaning. It is not acceptable. It is a very sad day when the BBC has come to this.
This is not the first time that Hansen and Lawrenson in particular have stuck the boot into Balotelli. They were doing it all last season. They were very negative about City too.
I ask the question: would Hansen, Lawrenson, Shearer or Mowbray be so personal about an English player, or perhaps more pertinently, about a white player?
Do the BBC want to lose more viewers or are they going to do something about it? At very least the positions of Hansen, Shearer, Lawrenson in particular should be reviewed. Firm action must be taken so that there is no repeat of this and that the BBC returns to the highest standards and integrity.