Paris Saint-Germain had a difficult night in the UEFA Champions League final, as the capital club lost 2-0 to Manchester City, losing 4-1 on aggregate.
Despite this, there was a debate in the commentary booth. During the match, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+ analyst Jim Beglin gave an uncomfortable and generalized analysis of Angel Di Mara's red card in the 69th minute.
Di Mara's red card was due to his "Latino temperament," according to Beglin. It sparked outrage on Twitter, with the commentator receiving criticism for his broad generalization. Some defended Beglin, but this is a clumsy and generic critique of an entire ethnic group.
Although the commentator later apologized, it does not appear that he understood what he was apologizing for, as Beglin made no mention of his generalization.
“When Di Maria was sent off, I described it by using the word, Latino. For anybody that’s taken offense, I do apologize – sincerely apologize,” Beglin said. He then released a statement via his social media handles.
Furthermore, Beglin's comment could not have come at a worse moment, as English football clubs recently faced a four-day social media boycott. They wanted to push for stronger measures with regards to prejudice and violence experienced by players on these platforms.