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Crazy CCTV football commentator;
Fictional foreign news?

During last night's live broadcast of the Italy - Australia football World Cup game, CCTV's announcer Huang Jianxiang (黄健翔) got rather excited, and took sides with the Italians, saying things like "Don't give the Australians any chances!" and after Italy won, "Long live Italy!"

Here's a video with about half of Huang's impassioned commentary:

Today Chinese blogs are castigating Huang, accusing him of gravely insulting Australia and being a disgrace to Chinese football fans. Beijing blogger Fly Show (心飞扬) has a post about it titled Huang 'Long Live Italy' Jianxiang, you can go home now. The post ends thusly: "Sorry Australia, please forgive our crazy man!" The post has a photoshop banner, which you can click here to see if the blog link doesn't work. The banner reads:

Excited ... Agitated ... Out of Control
What kind of commentators do we need?

Huang was pulled from CCTV for six months in 2001 after bluntly criticizing then-coach Milutinovic during broadcast for his players' errors in a game against Qatar, and there's talk now that he'll be punished in a similar way.

Now here comes the strange part:

There is a piece of Chinese text circulating on the Internet that claims to be an Associated Press (AP) report, saying that more than 30 Australian football supporters surrounded the Australian Embassy in Beijing today, demanding that the Ambassador make a formal complaint to the Chinese government about Huang Jianxiang's commentary.

And Chinanews.com.cn has just published an article titled Reuters pays attention to 'Huang Jianxiang incident', says China's football commentary is not objective. The Reuters report is here, but the AP protest story doesn't seem to exist.

Are Chinese netizens making up their own foreign news reports?

Please leave a message in the comments if you know anything about this affair. The Chinese text sent to Danwei, marked as from Associated Press, is below.

UPDATE: A more complete version here credits the AP piece to a Clark Kent (克拉克·肯特), so draw your own conclusions....

UPDATE 2: According to a note circulating on the Chinese Internet, Huang Jianxiang has been punished by CCTV. The note purports to be from CCTV's Information Office. His punishment? He will be suspended from commenting on football games and wait to see how he behaves. However, this punishment does not start until AFTER the World Cup ends.

The Chinese text of the note is below.

Spoof AP story by Clark Kent:

北京时间6月27日凌晨1时多,30多位澳大利亚球迷包围了澳大利亚驻北京使馆,他们要求本国大使前往中国外交部进行交涉,以处罚一位出言不逊的中国电视解说员。但澳大利亚驻华大使艾大伟并未出面,而是由参赞布兰登·鲁斯进行了接待。美联社记者了解到,该参赞向球迷承诺将在27日上班后向中国外交部提出交涉。短短数分钟后,球迷离开使馆。而北京的其余地方并未出现澳大利亚球迷和中国人的冲突场面。记者随后来到中国外交部,值班工作人员告诉记者并未接到澳大利亚使馆的投诉。
来自中国中央电视台的解说员黄健翔可能将为自己的冲动付出代价。

CCTV Information Office
由于在2006年6月26日23:00分的世界杯直播中,中央电视台体育频道解说员黄健翔的部分言论不符合《中央电视台解说员规范守则》第二章第3条“比赛解说不得带有任何个人情绪”的有关规定。经研究决定,给予黄健翔取消一切足球比赛解说资格处分,以观后效。处分于本次世界杯结束之日起开始执行!

望黄健翔认真完成余下的世界杯解说工作,圆满完成任务!



中央电视台新闻办公室

2006年6月27日

There are currently 35 Comments for Crazy CCTV football commentator;
Fictional foreign news?.

Comments on Crazy CCTV football commentator;
Fictional foreign news?

Huang has deeply hurt the feelings of the Australian people. We're all going down to the Chinese Embassy in Canberra to throw rocks through their windows.

The Chinese commentary standard generally is abysmal....so many errors in names of players, facts and so on, plus an incredible lack of knowledge and expression...at least this guy was showing a bit of passion! My top two CCTV commentary bits:

Germany v Poland, 92 minutes, Germany snatch a late winner....we see the goal, get three replays, all the while the dude is screaming BALLACK! BALLACK!! INCREDIBLE!! BALLACK!! Problem was, Michael Ballack didn't get the goal, it was Oliver Neuville.....

Holland vs Portugal, 70 minutes
A dirty game, but very entertaining - alas the commentator was unimpressed by the play. After Deco hacks down a Dutch player, the commentator, in the most sneering way possible, says "Chinese fans want to see exciting play and excellent teamwork, not such violence'.....pah! U ever seen a taxi smash mate??? There is nothing that the Chinese love more than gawking at a couple of guys going at it bell and whistle!!!

I've been so amazed and impressed by how my Chinese co-workers have got into this World Cup, such interest and enthusiasm....I guess ignorance of decent coverage is bliss.

My fiancee and I were watching the broadcast this morning and it was definitely way over the top and didn't pay any respect to the good efforts of the Australian team. I would be able to understand if he was commentating on the Chinese team, but why does he have to favour one foreign team over another? You can refer to my blog to see our comments: www.whitepage.com.au/chinamachete

Everyone is biased, that's not a problem; but Huang's a bit hysteria this time, even a neutral Chinese soccer fan like me felt been insulted by his words. I follwed up the related postings in tianya.cn nearly all day today and found the opinions of the netizens very polarized. My own analysis of Huang's evolvement is in the beginning of his career he followed the British commentators' style trying to show more restraint, but now he might have changed his mind to pursue the more enthusiastic Latin style instead;-) Only the simulation this time is ugly with wrong occasion.

Is this what we can expect during the Olympics?

william: Huang is typically fairly decent, I think, but he's been criticized this World Cup for being a bit lackluster, like he's been under the weather - some people have suggested that this outburst was meant to answer his critics...

Angus: Ironically, Chinese fans seem to enjoy those kinds of mistakes - Han Qiaosheng is one commentator notorious for his errors, and seems to have made a career out of it: http://pianpian.160.cc/yourindex/aindex/a0001.htm

zhuanjia: Not only has Huang hurt Australia's feelings, but it's been suggested that his hatred is due in part to a grudge China carries against New Zealand for running up the score against Saudi Arabia 25 years ago to force China out of the qualifiers - all you Oceana teams are all the same.

What's the big deal?

Actually, it's nice to hear someone in Chinese media who is not afraid to express his opinion.

And it is the Year of Italy in China after all, no.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/worldcup/2006/06/my_soul_is_crumbling.html

The BBC blog also refers (but does not link) to the "AP's report".

Another possible explanation: on January 1st 2006 Australia joined the Asian Football Confederation. This gives Australia a better chance of qualifying for future world cups (without an automatic qualification spot, the top Oceania team needs to qualify by winning a play-off with a runner-up from another federation). This threatens China’s already shaky chances of qualifying for future world cups.

that huang guy should be lynched. cctv should really get proper commentators instead of the current bunch of f**ktardos. couldnt agree more with angus...every time they those schooboy mistakes, it makes me cringe. i'm sure anyone of us make better commentators than those morons. i'm angry. and i'm not even australian.

That Huang guy acted in a crazy way. I think probably he was trying to be passionate to get higher ratings for his programs and more fame for himself. As a Chinese, I feel sorry for Australians who are offended. But at the same time I really don't think this is a big deal in the sense of the relationship between Chinese and Australians. I do suggest people to ignore that Huang person.

Dafei

Do Chinese really believe Australians give a f*** what some unknown TV commentator thinks about them? [But I must admit Australian commentators are hardly open minded].

Has it not occured to anyone that, as with other CCTV employees, Huang probably bet on Italy winning?

The notion of conflict-of-interest is alien to Chinese and probably this situation is no exception.

Two Things:
Can 30 Australians really surround an embassy?

Commentary in Australia of any sport is hardly what you could call unbaised, and rightly so, sport is about passion. Its not as though Huang changed the result or kicked the penalty.

Thing is we'd all understand if it was the Chinese team playing - sports reporters are pretty much expected to be pro their own country's team - but Italy? Either there's an ulterior motive or the man just got caught up in his commentary, which is at least a bit more exciting than the "hao qiu" "hao qiu" nonsense which seems to pass for commentary on CCTV.

to dave:

ummm, yes Aussies do. The story is on the top of Sydney Morning Herald's site this morning: http://www.smh.com.au/news/aussie-update/i-dont-like-australians-indeed/2006/06/28/1151174235245.html

this might bring on more anti-Chinese sentiment, all because of some bad piece of football commentary.

my own thoughts: Australia was robbed. That was a shit game.

Huang Jianxiang has apologised for his commentary. TV host Zhang Bin read out his apology last night. Looks like a face-saving exercise since there's no real explanation about what sent him crazy, besides a fondness for Italy.

I don't think that people would have been quite so upset if his reaction had been limited to hysteria after the goal was scored and the game was won. But he started calling Grosso a hero when he fell in the box - if he's not cheering the guy for taking a fall, then he's calling someone a hero merely for drawing a penalty. Either way, it's poor form.

Please don't talk about lynching Huang: it's just a football game after all.

It is difficult to believe that Australians could be so sensitive to such twaddle.

Just deny his kids a visa when they try to go to school in Sydney!

I was most confuised when he started screaming 'happy birthday maldini!!!" maldini who is not even in the Italy squad that is.

the guy went way, way over the top. I can't understand his reaction. Maybe he underestimated the strength of the german beer he was supping at half time. It ain't tsingtao you know.

Who gives a shit about an idiot's view on the Socceroos' performance, as a Chinese Australian, I'm proud of Hiddink's men's achievment. By the same token, John Talbot's racist comments on Chinese olympians were very offending as well.

The fact that Huang can spray his ugly words, and was later cornered by the soccer loving Chinese public says it all: Chinese can now express their views freely, he will be dumped if the public don't like him. Think about our own Pauline Hanson, did the Chinese demand an apology from her? She was dumped by the fair minded Aussies!

Go the Socceroos!

The security guard standing in front of the Australian Embassy this afternoon confirmed there was no such demonstration. As if confirmation was really needed...

Huang Jianxiang is an idiot, his comments were disgusting, being an australia chinese, im so ashamed and angry, socceroos are a fantastic team and should be commended for their great effort and courage, GO SOCCEROOS!! they are going to be back to kick some serious ass in the next world cup!

I just dun know what u r ashamed about, Mr ohz. u r not longer Chinese, just del the "Chinese" from ur word "austrilia Chinese". I dun think u still have the right to be ashame anything about Chinese.... alritht?al f8cking right?

I am totally agree with Mr. Huang's comments. He was just telling the truth which most OZs dare not to confess.
Soccerwho?? Are they really a soccer team?? I dont think so... look at all those drags, high tackles, they are just rugby players on the soccer field.
Goose Hiddick?? Is he really a professional coach?? I dont think so... he is just a gambler, risk taker who would only been hired by the country without history and tradition of soccer.

Most of you guys miss the point. No wonder, you don't really understand Chinese so well. Besides, you don't care, do you?

Here are several tips for you, from a Chinese:

1. Huang explained that he didn't like the Austrilian team, because most of the players do not even live in Austrilian, but live and play in Europe.

2. Is it true that a guy wearing Austrilian team uniform broke into the field carrying anti-China slogan, five minutes before the game started? Chinese TV cut that part, broadcasting file footage instead. So most Chinese audience missed that part.

3. Huang has been considered best commentator at CCTV by most soccer fans in China, in terms of professionalism and personality.

4. He's criticized by some Chinese audience for his commentary, just because these Chinese soccer fans think it is not fair for the Austrilian team.

5. Huang loves Italian team, so what?

The commentary was out of line, as was Huang's follow-up statement: "I dislike Australians indeed. I was hoping they'd do badly here."

A degree of bias and passion is expected within commentary, but taken to this extent it can become resentful and offensive.

No-one likes to hear their country criticised. Just look at all the people who have disappeared in China for this very reason.

Ultimately, China/ Australia relations may very well suffer over such a seemingly trivial incident. Indeed, one could say that they may "reap the fruits that Huang has sown."

The more likely scenario is that the Aussies will laugh it off.

P.S.- Sweety, regardless of your opinions on the Australian team, they were in the world cup, and China wasn't. This means that they are in fact a "real soccer team".

Eugene, 'Australian' (note the spelling) citizens are either born in Australia, or become citizens through legal process. The fact that they are in employ overseas is irrelevant. It is purely indicative of the better salaries and conditions that exist in European leagues.

Regarding the obscene anti-China slogan, if that is true, then it is indeed reprehensible. However, this is an alleged act of a misguided individual, not a professional TV personality who is privy to due courtesy and responsibility for all parties concerned.

Answers to Eugene's tips:

"Most of you guys miss the point. No wonder, you don't really understand Chinese so well. Besides, you don't care, do you?"

The number of posts here show people do care

"Here are several tips for you, from a Chinese:

1. Huang explained that he didn't like the Austrilian team, because most of the players do not even live in Austrilian, but live and play in Europe."

The same argument can be applied to Brazil, the African nations and many other countries whose national football leagues are of a low standard. Perhaps if more Chinese footballers played overseas, Huang could be cheering China in the tournament instead of Italy

"2. Is it true that a guy wearing Austrilian team uniform broke into the field carrying anti-China slogan, five minutes before the game started? Chinese TV cut that part, broadcasting file footage instead. So most Chinese audience missed that part."

No idea but very unlikely. IF (a big if) there was some kind of protest, would this have made Huang's comments more acceptable to you? CCTV did lose the coverage but not sure why. Could have been technical. Could have been from the German end. Why speculate? It just as easily could have been an Italian fan objecting to China's claim that spaghetti came from noodles and not the other way around.

"3. Huang has been considered best commentator at CCTV by most soccer fans in China, in terms of professionalism and personality."

Not any more. Read this post again. The protests came initially from Chinese football fans - this is not a foreigner's thing, despite you attempted polarization of the issue.

"4. He's criticized by some Chinese audience for his commentary, just because these Chinese soccer fans think it is not fair for the Austrilian team."

See above. The same is true for foreign soccer fans

"5. Huang loves Italian team, so what?

No problem, but he is paid to be a neutral commentator.

"Huang explained that he didn't like the Austrilian team, because most of the players do not even live in Austrilian, but live and play in Europe."

By that twisted logic I guess Huang dislikes players from Africa, Asia and South America who live and play in Europe...

i was so humiliated when i heard what he said during the game, and i am so sorry to those who have been insulted by what he said. he was insane at that movement, maybe coz he was a biggest fan of italian, but as a commentor, he sucks.

what's the point? why u NOOBs feel shame on Huang? he did well, and italia did well, kick Australian's ass. They should go home~~ cheers!!!! yeehawwwww~~~~~~

Oh dear, the hooligans have arrived: I have had to delete a number of comments that use descriptions lof lecherous homosexual acts to insult either Australians or Italians.

Time to close these comments. If you have anything serious to say about the affair, email jeremy -at- danwei dot org, and I'll publish your comments if they are civil and interesting.

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