TV Commentator Fired after Asking how KOREAN ATHLETES Sees the Ball If Their ‘EYES ARE NARROW’

TV Commentator Fired after Asking how KOREAN ATHLETES Sees the Ball If Their ‘EYES ARE NARROW’

TV Commentator Fired after Asking how KOREAN ATHLETES Sees the Ball If Their ‘EYES ARE NARROW’
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A sports commentator in Greece was immediately fired after mocking South Korean athletes on air for saying how they can see the ball if their “eyes are narrow.”

According to NBC, state-run ERT Television released a statement, saying: “Racist comments have no place on public television.”

Further, it said it already ended its partnership with veteran journalist Dimosthenis Karmiris as a guest commentator after he said the comment on air. Mr. Karmiris made the comment after the South Korean athlete Jeoung Young-sik won over Panagiotis Gionis of Greece in men’s table tennis.

When the host asked about the South Korean skill to the commentator, he said: “The Koreans don’t play table tennis. Their eyes are narrow so I can’t understand how they can see the ball moving back and forth.”

He also made a hand gesture before laughing about it on air.

Hours later, ERT posted a statement on its site. ““Racist comments have no place on public television,” ERT said in the statement. “The collaboration between ERT and Dimosthenis Karmiris was terminated today, immediately after the morning show.”

The video clip posted on Twitter received about 98,000 views slamming the commentator for his racist remarks.

“The Tokyo Olympics are rapidly turning into a clusterf*** for the Greek state broadcaster,” one netizen said.

TV Commentator Fired after Asking how KOREAN ATHLETES Sees the Ball If Their ‘EYES ARE NARROW’
Photo: NBC

Another one mentioned: “It’s 2021 and this is how a presenter on Greek state television comments on Asian table tennis players.”

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