Snooker commentator apologetic after dropping the f-bomb live on air


One of the most experienced commentators in British sport has made the most rookie error imaginable during a particularly boring part of this year's snooker World Championship.

Snooker is hardly the most fast-paced of sports and it seems Saturday's semi-final tested even the patience of 70-year-old commentator John Virgo as he inadvertently dropped the f-bomb live on air.

The 70-year-old didn't realise he was still on mic when he was heard to say during the BBC's coverage: "I wanted to watch a bit of racing this afternoon. I'll be lucky to watch some f****** Match of the Day."

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His comments came while Mark Selby and Marco Fu were contesting the longest frame in Crucible history, which ran to one hour and 16 minutes.

Virgo's gaffe was left to IMG Media managing director for global production, Graham Fry, to explain away.

Fry told Press Association Sport: "It was off-mic, the mics weren't switched on and it somehow got picked up. It was a mistake and I've spoken to him about it. He's embarrassed and apologetic."

And hey, at least Virgo was planning to watch another BBC programme. That's on point. Hopefully he's not a Villa fan, though.