BBC apologizes and blames UEFA for slow motion of Varga’s violent clash

BBC apologizes and blames UEFA for slow motion of Varga’s violent clash
BBC apologizes and blames UEFA for slow motion of Varga’s violent clash

The BBC has apologized for broadcasting a replay of the very violent shock suffered by Hungarian striker Barnabas Varga. The British television channel pointed the finger at UEFA for not having respected the protocol.

A slow motion that does not pass. The BBC has apologized to its viewers for rebroadcasting the action in which Barnabas Varga was the victim of a very impressive clash in the face with the Scottish goalkeeper, Angus Gunn, on Sunday during the match between Hungary and Scotland (1 -0) at Euro 2024. The BBC, which broadcasts the competition’s matches with ITV in England, uses the UEFA feed for this and therefore has limited control over the choice of images. After apologizing, the channel presenter accused UEFA of not having respected its own protocol on broadcasting action with a serious injury.

“We were very surprised that UEFA decided to show this slow motion”

“We were as shocked as you when they rebroadcast this incident,” she said. “There are protocols for this sort of thing after Christian Eriksen three years ago and we were very surprised that UEFA decided to show this slow motion, which is why we immediately cut to a wide angle as soon as we could.”

Three years ago, the Danish attacking midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of a match against Finland (1-0) at Euro 2021. The players positioned themselves in a circle around him to hide the emergency intervention and resuscitation attempts. On Sunday evening, emergency services placed sheets spread around the area surrounding the player. Several of his teammates, with worried and emotional faces, positioned themselves to keep their teammate out of sight.

After an aerial duel and a collision with the Scottish goalkeeper, Angus Gunn, Barnabas Varga fell violently on the back of his neck. After a long intervention, the player was finally evacuated from the field conscious. “Fortunately, we can now say that ‘Barni’ is no longer in danger,” said coach Marco Rossi. “He will probably have surgery in the next few hours because he suffered a fracture here (pointing to his cheek and eye socket). If we go any further in the competition, of course he won’t be part of the team anymore.”

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