Sunday 19 August 2018

Richie Sadlier responds after RTÉ host apologises for his use of the word 'christ'

RTE pundit Richie Sadlier.
RTE pundit Richie Sadlier.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Richie Sadlier was lost for words.

The RTE pundit was on analysis duty for Ireland's huge win in Wales last night when he was part of an unusual moment before kick off with host Darragh Maloney.

After it was announced that Wes Hoolahan was dropped from the starting team, Sadlier argued that if O'Neill opted against using the midfielder because he isn't able to start two games in four days, then the Norwich star should have been rested for the clash against Moldova last Friday night, which Ireland were expected to win comfortably.

Maloney interjected, saying that perhaps Hoolahan was needed because three points were required from the fixture to keep Ireland's World Cup hopes alive.

An exasperated Sadlier clearly felt that Ireland should have been able to negotiate the game without playing Hoolahan for 75 minutes, and started his response to Maloney's point by saying 'Christ'.

Before he could move along with the next part of his rebuttal, Maloney was quickly in to apologise to any viewers offended by Sadlier's utterance.

The pundit later took to Twitter to express his bemusement that anyone watching at home would have truly been offended by the word.

"If you're personally offended by hearing the word 'Christ', I've honestly no idea what to say to you," he said.

And after Ireland secured a historic 1-0 win, a jubilant Sadlier posted a NSFW comment alluding to the earlier reaction.

"Jesus f****** Christ," Sadlier tweeted.

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