From The Independent, I find this hilarious – and sad:
The BBC announced last week it had ended its three-year contract with Peter Schmeichel, the former Denmark and Manchester United goalkeeper, reportedly after executives became exasperated by his long sentences on Match of the Day.
The BBC are paying him for his opinions – but only if he speaks in short sentences ? That’s crazy.
Lineker: “So Peter, tell us what you thought about the goalkeeper’s performance in that 12-nil drubbing”
Peter: Could. do. better.
Not being a fan of what is called by some the “Beautiful Game”, I haven’t watched Match of the Day ever but given the way that footballers seem to be paid astronomical amounts I’d actually be impressed with a footballing role model who could actually string several words together.
The sad bit is that somewhere in the BBC someone lost their concentration when listening to Mr Schmeichel and that was the seed that lead to this contract ending. And would you put money on the person being a fan of the team that Man U had probably just beaten ? I would.
The BBC don’t think we can concentrate or want to hear the words of someone else. It’s a slippery slope …