BT Sport forced to apologise after Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola SWEARS live on TV, saying preconceptions of his natural ability were ‘bulls**t’, leaving fellow pundit Rio Ferdinand in stitches
- BT Sport were forced to apologise after Gianfranco Zola swore live on air
- Zola, 55, was on punditry duties for Chelsea’s trip to West Ham on Saturday
- The Italian star said preconceptions of his natural ability were ‘bulls***’
BT Sport host Jake Humphrey was forced to apologise after Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola swore live on air just minutes into the broadcaster’s coverage of the Blues’ trip to West Ham.
Zola, 55, joined Rio Ferdinand and Joe Cole in the studio for the Premier League leaders’ game in East London, but Humphrey had to apologise for the Italian said the word ‘bulls***’ on air.
After showing a montage of Zola’s best goals for Chelsea – including several direct free kicks – Ferdinand lavished praise on his co-pundit.
BT Sport were forced to apologise after Gianfranco Zola swore live on air on Saturday
The Chelsea legend said that preconceptions of his natural footballing ability were ‘bulls***’
He said: ‘None of that was accidental. It’s only listening to people like Joe and Frank who went to Chelsea and played alongside him [Zola]…
‘They used to speak about your work ethic and your practice. This wasn’t an accident was it?’
The 55-year-old replied: ‘No, no, absolutely not. It didn’t come naturally. That’s why when people tell me it was natural…
‘Sorry, forgive me the word… it’s bulls***. Forgive me that’s a very strong word.’
The unexpected outburst left Rio Ferdinand in stitches as host Jake Humphrey intervened
The Italian clarified that he put in the hard yards in training to perform on the big stage
Zola’s unexpected profanity left Ferdinand bursting with laughter, but Humphrey moved quickly to apologise for the Chelsea legend’s swearing.
‘That is a very strong word for this time of the morning, apologies if you didn’t like the use of the word,’ he said.
Zola went onto clarify his comment, insisting that he put in the hard yards in training and it paid off in matches.
‘What I want to say, is everything is down to work and I used to spend at least one hour and 15 minutes every week on these fundamentals.
Zola scored 75 goals and bagged 21 assists in 301 games for the Blues over his seven-year stay
‘And only by doing that I could get good stats. It’s not just about scoring one every now and then. You need to know that if you get three free-kicks in a football match, you need to convert one.
‘And that one you convert is what can make you lose or win a game.’
Zola scored 75 goals and provided 21 assists in 301 games for the Blues. He has since gone onto manage West Ham, Birmingham City and Watford since retiring in 2005.