"Definitely it was an undisputed penalty," shouted Huang in the last
minute of the game.
"Penalty! Penalty! Penalty!" he screamed. "Grosso's done it, Grosso's done
"Great Italian left back! Grosso succeeded in the long history and
tradition of Italian soccer! He is not fighting alone at the moment!" he
"Totti! He is about to take the shot! He shoulders the expectations of the
"Goooooal! Game over! Italy win! Beat the Australians!" he shouted, his voice
now breaking. "They do not fall in front of Hiddink again, who led South
Korea to knock out Italy in the 2002 World Cup!"
"Italy the great! Left back the great! Happy birthday to Maldini! Forza
Italia! Long live Italy!"
Huang then turned to the Socceroos and yelled,"Go home! Go home! But they
don't need to fly back to Australia. It's too far away. Most of them live in
Europe anyway. Bye-bye!"
Huang was not repentant for his controversial comments in the satellite
linkup with the Beijing live program after match.
"I am a human being, not a machine, and I can't be impartial all the time,"
he explained while being interviewed by Xinhua News Agency.
"Australia reminded me of a lousy team which eliminated China in the 1981
World Cup qualifiers. Australia is just like New Zealand team that beat us in
1981," he explained.
"It (Australia) is full of neutralized Australians who play and live in
Britain. I don't care about the Australian team and don't want to see Australia
have good results."
"Australia (which has joined the Asian Football Confederation) will fight for
an Asian World Cup berth and it may not be good enough to contend with South
Korea and Japan. But it will very likely take advantage of the Chinese team. So
I don't like it." Huang told to Xinhua News Agency.
Beijing newsroom host Zhang Bin tried to interrupt Huang to avoid further
damage, but Huang kept going on until the linkup was cut.
Zhang then tried to switch the conversation to a lighter subject,praising the
hard-fighting Australians and head coach Hiddink for the rest of the program.
It wasn't the first time a Chinese sportscaster got carried away covering the
sport. In 2002, it said, CCTV hostess Sheng Bin stunned an audience of millions
as she openly wept at Argentina's early exit.
China's soccer media is always as racy as its English and German
counterparts; despite the Chinese soccer team is not qualified to compete this
Since the nation launched a professional soccer league in 1994, China's media
began broadcasting English and Italian soccer tournaments on television.