I don't really know how to introduce something so embarrassingly awkward, so I'm just going to come out and say it. Serbian TV commentator Vladimir Mijaljevic mistakenly referred to Germany's deceased former first-choice goalkeeper Robert Enke as "injured" during its first-group match against Australia. Tragically, Enke committed suicide in November 2009. Mijaljevic, however, didn't seem to know the proper story. Bild reports:
Vladimir Mijaljevic was commentating on Germany's opening win against Australia for Serbia’s biggest TV station, RTS, when he said: “Neuer is in goal, because Enke cannot play. He is injured.”
The commentator’s lapse was slated on internet sites including Facebook. In the meantime, he commentated on the game between the Ivory Coast and Portugal.
Enke’s advisor and friend, Jörg Neblung, responded to the howler: "It was certainly not malicious or a bad joke. It was simply a case of someone not being informed. It’s hard to understand but these things can happen."
Yikes. I remember feeling the awkwardness just from playing an un-updated game of FIFA 10 with my friends and still having Enke out there as the German keeper. So that guy probably doesn't feel too good about that particular performance behind the mic. Someone needs to do their homework or watch the football news reports a little more often.
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- Robert Enke