RTE legend George Hamilton has criticized Gary Lineker for a joke he made about Adam Idah’s name which he called ‘the height of rudeness.’
The commentator was annoyed by the Match of the Day host’s humorous attempt to make a pun about how you pronounce the Cork native surname.
After the highlights of Norwich City’s win, Lineker said: “The goal was scored by the Republic of Ireland’s Idah international team.
“I’m not sure if it’s Idah (ee-dah) or Idah (eye-dah) but it’s definitely (ee-ther) or or (eye-ther). We will go with Idah (ee-dah). ”
Many viewers would consider it nothing more than a harmless gag, but Hamilton and SunSport’s Neil O’Riordan dissected why someone’s name shouldn’t be used as comic material.
Admittedly Idah himself doesn’t seem too bothered when people mispronounce his name because after he debuted in Ireland, he tweeted his last name transliterated with an emoji crying and laughing.
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But Hamilton is clearly one of those people who feel it’s the responsibility of pundits and commentators alike to try to get used to the way a footballer would rather have his name spoken.
He expressed this view by first rewriting a message from commentator Ian Darke that read: “The players sit down every year and say their names in front of the camera.
“Most commentators use those messengers.
“However, there are still people here who think they know better and insist that we are naming them wrong.
“For example – it’s “Kon-tay” and “Mow-pie”.
It’s clear Hamilton is aiming this point at Lineker and his BBC colleagues, who laughed at the joke when later replied to another user saying “Try telling Gary Lineker and Co that later Saturday’s match of the day against Adam Idah.”
Hamilton replied: “I’m surprised there’s no traction. It’s the pinnacle of rudeness.”
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/8230375/rte-george-hamilton-gary-lineker-adam-idah-joke/ RTE legend George Hamilton slams Gary Lineker for Adam Idah joke he branded ‘height of rudeness’