Thursday, June 17, 2010

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Sewage and Screw-ups

Earlier this week we discussed a couple of "bad omens" for England at this year’s World Cup in South Africa – and what do you know, it seems another has presented itself!

The Brits were forced to re-wash their kit for Friday’s matchup with Algeria after an accident at their base at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus.

First, some English fans missed Steven Gerrard’s opening goal on Saturday because of a mistake by British broadcaster ITV, then England’s goalie allowed a laughably soft equalizer – now, the team is dealing with a sewage leak that left Friday’s match kit covered in…well, sewage.

The team says the kit will be used when Rooney and the boys face Algeria in Cape Town, but if they have a stinker, you’ll know why!

Speaking of ITV, it seems the commercial during Gerrard’s fourth-minute goal was actually the second mistake of the day for the broadcaster.

The Daily Mail reports that Adidas are ‘really upset’ over another blunder, this one before the game, that cut off the beginning of a one-time-only, multi-million dollar Star Wars themed commercial, starring David Beckham, Noel Gallagher and Snoop D-O-Double-G.

The ad played in the last break before kickoff on Saturday, but ITV viewers missed the set-up and were therefore left confused by the whole thing. I guess this proves ITV are equal-opportunity screw-ups, as they’ve now botched expensive ads by Adidas AND Nike, their bitter rivals.

The embarrassment doesn’t end there though – an ITV pundit has been fired for ‘misuse of free tickets’.

While FIFA investigates why there are big blocks of empty seats at some games, ITV has been left red-faced by how Robbie Earle allegedly used his allotment.

A group of 36 women wearing orange mini-dresses were ejected from Monday’s Holland/Denmark game after being accused of promoting Bavaria beer – The Daily Mail says some of them had tickets that were originally given to Earle.

Here’s the statement from ITV:

“Following claims by FIFA that official 2010 World Cup tickets may have been used for ambush marketing, ITV has reviewed its entire ticket allocation for the tournament. Immediate investigations indicated that a block of ITV tickets would appear to have been used for unauthorized purposes during the Holland v Denmark match. Further inquiries have revealed that a substantial number of tickets allocated to Robbie Earle for family and friends have been passed to a third party in breach of FIFA rules. As a result, Robbie Earle’s contract with ITV has been terminated with immediate effect.”

What more could possibly go wrong for ITV?

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