Martin Tyler forced to apologize for on-air comments about Ukrainian goalkeeper

Wales secured their place in this year’s World Cup with a narrow win over Ukraine, but commentator Martin Tyler was criticized during the match for his comments

Martin Tyler was quick to apologize for making a comment to Ukrainian goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan during their defeat to Wales in World Cup qualifiers.

The Sky Sports commentator said the Ukraine stopper would have to ‘solder’ despite hurting his ankle trying to save a cross. But Tyler was quick to apologize for his comments, live on air, when Wales came out on top 1-0 at Cardiff City Stadium.

Andriy Yarmolenko’s own goal proved to make all the difference as Wales secured their first place in the World Cup in 64 years. Gareth Bale’s free kick was headed into his own net just before half-time by the former West Ham United man, putting Rob Page’s side on their way to the tournament in Qatar.

Ukraine, who defeated Scotland 3-1 on Wednesday to reach this stage, created plenty of scoring opportunities but were unable to beat Wayne Hennessey, who was in inspired form that night. He made a total of 10 saves, including a great one from a header by Roman Yaremchuck.

However, it was Wales that join England, Iran and the US in Group B, as the tournament kicks off on Monday, November 21. The Three Lions play against Page’s men in the final game of the group stage.

But fans cut Tyler little leeway after his poor choice of words when Bushchan fell to the ground after injuring his ankle. It’s the kind of slip that many pundits and fans must have made without even noticing since Russia started invading Ukraine in February. Although Tyler was sharp enough to realize, viewers on Twitter were quick to spot his mistake and criticize them.







Ukrainian goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan injured against Wales

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One fan posted: “Martin Tyler just said the Ukrainian goalkeeper will ‘soldiers’ and promptly apologized for saying so. He really is just awful. #WALUKR.”

Another said: “It is possible that Martin Tyler has just said that the Ukrainian goalkeeper will continue.” One even added: “Wow. Retire.”

Meanwhile, others defended Tyler for his comments, claiming it was just an innocent “imagery.” These opinions include “Weird. What he said is an idiomatic expression” and “Some people are offended by all that is ffs”.

One said, “It’s so to speak. Nothing wrong with that. Leave that poor man alone.”

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