Former “Robot Wars” commentator Jonathan Pearce had a tough time telling goals from non-goals during the TV broadcast of Sunday’s France-Honduras World Cup matchup in Brazil, and he caught major heat from the Twitter-verse over it.
Despite slow-motion replays which showed the Honduras goalie inadvertently pushing the ball over the line and into the net for a goal, the British commentator seemed befuddled by the officials’ tech-aided call.
“First they’re saying it’s not a goal, then they’re saying it’s crossed the line. Which is it?” he asked. Despite the clarity from the replay provided to the world’s TV viewing audience, he referred to the French score as controversial several times.
And later, he wrongly labeled a ball that hit the side netting as a goal.
Pearce may not have been on his game, but Twitter critics certainly were. Here are some of the better ones:
Jonathan Pearce, the man paid to tell us what's going on, is the only person in the world that does not know what is going on.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 15, 2014
Remember, the whole of Jonathan Pearce's head needs to cross the line for him to have any clue what's going on. pic.twitter.com/OsmwxCMDVE
— Eamo (@EamoV1) June 15, 2014
You can understand Jonathan Pearce being a bit edgy about technology, he had to share a dressing room with Sir Killalot for five years
— Daily Mail Comments (@BestoftheMail) June 15, 2014
Imagine trying to watch Inception with Jonathan Pearce…
— Umbro (@umbro) June 15, 2014
Jonathan Pearce witnessing birth: "It wasn't quite out of the womb & then it was! Do we have a baby or not?! I don't know what to believe!"
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 15, 2014
Idea for show: Jonathan Pearce Is Confused By Things. "I put the bread into the machine and now it's warm. How? Is it the same bread?"
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) June 15, 2014