ITV pundit Eni Aluko has responded after fans grilled her for a blunder she made on their World Cup coverage.
Former England striker Aluko was working for the broadcaster alongside fellow pundits Graeme Souness and Roy Keane as Brazil beat South Korea 4-1 on Monday (December 5) night. Ahead of the match host Mark Pougatch asked her about in-form striker Richarlison.
She replied: "He really has [had a big impact]. He's the top scorer for Brazil over the last two years. He's got a great record, 19 goals in 40 appearances, you do the math on that – that’s one goal a game, pretty much."
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Aluko had clearly meant to say the Tottenham man had scored nearly a goal every other game for his nation, but many viewers jumped on her for the mistake online.
After the heavy backlash, she tweeted this morning: "Got myself a first class law degree, 102 caps and a doctorate but maths wasn’t always my forte.
"Nearly one in two games is the math on Richarlison. But some of you weirdo twitterati knew that already. Might also learn from the rest of the analysis conveniently ignored."
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Aluko was offered support by her ITV colleague Ian Wright who told those who had criticised her to "grow up". He posted: "I've made countless mistakes live on air.
"The replies to this are horrible. You man are so pressed by women in football that you take pure pleasure in this. Grow up."
Former BBC presenter Dan Walker also leapt to her defence, tweeting: "We all know what she meant and if either of the blokes alongside her had said it… it would have been ignored.
"The bile beneath this says a lot more about the authors than Eni Aluko. P.S. I once called the Pentagon an 'octagonal shaped building in Washington'."
Aluko recently made history at the World Cup by being a part of the first ever all-female broadcast panel during the men's tournament alongside Karen Carney and Seema Jaswal.
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