Fox Sports Australia apologises for broadcasting Adolf Hitler's image during National Rugby League show

Fox Sports Australia issued an apology, saying it was concerned about a digitally manipulated image shown during the Sunday Night with Matty Johns program.

The Associated Press June 02, 2020 09:30:34 IST
Fox Sports Australia apologises for broadcasting Adolf Hitler's image during National Rugby League show

A sports broadcaster has apologized for using an image of Adolf Hitler while showing highlights of a National Rugby League game on Sunday.

Fox Sports Australia issued an apology, saying it was concerned about a digitally manipulated image shown during the Sunday Night with Matty Johns program.

Fox Sports Australia apologises for broadcasting Adolf Hitlers image during National Rugby League show

Representative image. AP

A superimposed black-and-white image of Hitler came on during a segment that focused on the cardboard cutouts that are being used on some seats in stadiums. No spectators are allowed to attend NRL matches during the coronavirus pandemic. There was no image of Hitler at the stadium during the game.

The apologies followed public complaints, including criticism posted on Twitter from Executive Council of Australian Jewry co-chief executive Alex Ryvchin about the “casualization of Hitler, Nazis, and by extension their crimes.”

Johns said he called the New South Wales state Jewish Board of Deputies to apologize and planned to apologize on the air during his next TV program on Thursday.

“The segment ... was in poor taste and completely inappropriate,” Johns, a former top-flight player, said in a statement. “I acknowledge it was wrong and I apologize to our viewers and to everyone in the community who is rightly concerned and offended by the segment."

Fox Sports Australia said it was reviewing the circumstances and “examining the action we need to ensure those involved understand it is not acceptable.

“We sincerely apologize for the offence the image has caused.”

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Premier League: Mohamed Salah says he wants to stay at Liverpool for a long time
Sports

Premier League: Mohamed Salah says he wants to stay at Liverpool for a long time

The Egypt international, who signed a new five-year deal in 2018, was the top scorer at the club this season with 17 Premier League goals as they secured a 19th top-flight title with seven games to spare.

Nick Kyrgios, Boris Becker trade insults on Twitter following Australian star's criticism of Novak Djokovic
Sports

Nick Kyrgios, Boris Becker trade insults on Twitter following Australian star's criticism of Novak Djokovic

Kyrgios had previously criticised the organisers of the Balkan event and hit out at governing bodies for their plans to restart professional tennis during the pandemic.

Jharkhand athlete Geeta Kumari forced to sell vegetables; government intervenes to provide financial assistance
Sports

Jharkhand athlete Geeta Kumari forced to sell vegetables; government intervenes to provide financial assistance

Geeta Kumari had won eight gold medals at state-level walking competitions and won a silver medal