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17th Sep 2018

Two Irish Internationals Were Claimed As British On Sky Sports Tonight

James Fenton

Red alert.

Monday Night Football is underway on Sky Sports this evening and sitting in the mammoth punditry shoes of the absent Gary Neville is current Watford star Troy Deeney.

He’s doing a decent job covering the Southampton and Brighton game alongside Jamie Carragher and David Jones apart from one obvious error.

When assessing the defensive partnership of Brighton’s Shane Duffy and Lewis Dunk, he referred to the duo as “typical English centre-halves”. All well and good except that Shane Duffy hails from Derry and has represented the Republic Of Ireland on 21 occasions.

Of course, people on social media were quick to point out the mistake…

If that wasn’t enough to get Irish blood boiling, commentator Alan Parry later referred to the two managers on the sideline as “British coaches” despite the fact that Brighton’s Chris Hughton won 53 caps for the Republic between 1979 and 1991. Although this error is a bit more forgivable since Hughton was born in England and qualified to play for Ireland through his mother.

Still, it didn’t go unnoticed either…

You never get away with this carry on too easily, lads. Surely they should know this by now.

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