Robbie Earle sacked as pundit

Zebedee

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ITV has announced the sacking of its World Cup pundit Robbie Earle after discovering he had passed scores of tickets to a third party in breach of Fifa rules, which were then said to be used by a Dutch beer company for an ambush marketing effort.

ITV, which has already suffered a welter of negative publicity after 1.5m viewers missed England's opening goal against the USA due to a technical issue with its high definition channel, said Earle's contract had been terminated "with immediate effect".

"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," said ITV in a statement.

"Immediate investigations indicated that a block of ITV tickets would appear to have been used for unauthorised purposes during the Holland v Denmark match," it added.

"Further enquiries 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."

It is understood that between 35 and 40 tickets allocated to Earle ended up in the hands of the marketing company said to have orchestrated the ambush marketing effort on behalf of the beer brand Bavaria via a third party.

Thirty-six women in orange mini dresses were ejected from Soccer City during yesterday's match when Fifa officials decreed they were part of an organised ambush marketing scheme. They were questioned for several hours until after the match had finished. Bavaria denied the women had any links to its campaign.

Although ITV's coverage of England's draw with the USA peaked at more than 20m viewers, the post-match coverage was dominated by the error at Technicolor's London transmission centre that meant 1.5m viewers missed Steven Gerrard's opening goal.

It is not believed that Earle will be replaced by a new pundit but that his absence will be covered by the existing team.

A spokesman for Earle's agent said there was no comment at this stage.
Guardian

So every ITV pundit has 35-40 tickets for 'family members and friends' for each match? The pundits must have paid a fortune to get them all out to South Africa... <)

More seriously, it's a bit of a disgrace that so many 'hospitality' tickets are taken out of the game. It's as bad as the Champion's League allocations for tickets.
 
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35 - 40 tickets, thats a disgrace. he gets paid lots for a very comfortable job, yet he's given that many tickets for friends and family!!!

so much for a sposed recession :O
 

Jack Fulham

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Hopefully they can sack a few more pundits, the only ones I've liked to far have been Vieira and Desailly.
 

FuzzyDunlop

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what an idiot money hungry

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Yeah Manu needs to go i dont like him as a pundit
 

Ben

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I've liked the Dutch boys, Edgar Davids especially. Seedorf seems an alright fella as-well, anyone is better than Southgate though.
 

Chris

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Seedorf was pretty good. :)

Davids too. I didn't see Earle though. What matches has he done?
 

JDH1989

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What an idiot. Deserves to be sacked. Now all we need is for Adrian Chiles to do a similar thing!
 

Dunc

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But it's a bit of an anticlimax when you eventually work out he's talking a load of ***** XD
It's still better than just listening to Lawro talk a load of ***** you can actually understand.
 

Mike.

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It's still better than just listening to Lawro talk a load of ***** you can actually understand.
at least we all agree that by and large they are all mostly *****. give me the intelligent gurus of the game, beckenbauer, cruyff, hodgson, those who have been around 30+ years
 
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