Chinese Soccer Announcer Falls Asleep During RM-PSG Match, Is Fired
November 7 / Geoff Magliocchetti / SportsGrid
It's bound to happen to the best of us from time to time....we're sitting at our desks at work, we think no ones watching, so we sneak in some shuteye. Heck, George Costanza built a bed under his desk in one of Seinfeld's classic episodes.
Unfortunately for Chinese soccer commentator Dong Lu, his nap came on national television, which led to his sacking.
Calling the Champions League match between Paris Saint Germain and Real Madrid, a 1-0 win for Los Blancos, for national network LeTV (also known as Leshi Internet Information & Technology), Lu dozed off during the 80th minute, his snores just audible on his microphone. He briefly wakes up to make a comment on the play, then dozes off once more.
Granted, Lu's brief nap is somewhat excusable if only for the timing. Lu was calling the match live, with the 80th minute occurring around 5 A.M. local time. So you can almost understand why he dozed off.
Unfortunately, his employers were not as understanding, and fired Lu shortly after the game.
Geoff Magliocchetti enjoy taking in a New York Red Bulls game from time to time, but doesn't see the crazy appeal behind soccer. Let him know about it on Twitter @GeoffMags5490
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