This is apparently going nuts on the web: China's CCTV official broadcaster's call of last Monday's crazy Italy-Australia finale, with the foul and penalty that decided it.
The next day, broadcaster Huang Jianxiang apologized, according to this China Broadcast story:
Huang, working with national broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), dumped his normal objectivity as he shouted "Long Live Italy" and "I don't like Australia" when Italy knocked out Australia on a last-minute penalty shot to reach the quarter-finals.
"In the last minutes of the Italy-Australia game last night, I added too much personal emotion to my comments," said Huang's apology letter which was read out by World Cup host Zhang Bin Tuesday night.
And one more bit:
The 38-year-old Huang screamed "Penalty! Penalty! Penalty!" as Italian defender Fabio Grosso tumbled over Lucas Neill's challenge in the Australian box.
"Grosso made it! He made it! Don't give Australia any chance! Great Italian left back. Grosso alone represents the long history and traditions of Italian soccer. He is not fighting alone," he shouted.
"Totti! He is about to take the shot. He shoulders the expectations of the whole world.
"It's a goal! Game over! ... Italy didn't fall to (Guus) Hiddink's team this time (Hiddink had led South Korea to oust Italy in the 2002 World Cup). Happy birthday to Paolo Maldini (born on July 26)! Long Live Italy!"
Huang then turned to the Socceroos: "Go home! But they don't need to fly back as far as to Australia because most of them live in Europe. Bye-bye."
Thanks to colleague Cathal Kelly for the links from back in TO.