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Martin Tyler forced to apologise for saying Ukraine’s Heorhiy Bushchan would ‘soldier on’ vs Wales

Veteran commentator Martin Tyler is forced to apologise live on air for inadvertently saying Ukraine keeper Heorhiy Bushchan would ‘soldier on’ after injury in World Cup play-off final against Wales

  • Martin Tyler apologised after saying a Ukraine player would ‘soldier on’ vs Wales 
  • The veteran commentator was covering the World Cup play-off final in Cardiff 
  • Ukraine goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan picked up a knock punching the ball away
  • Tyler carelessly used the word ‘soldier’ amid the ongoing conflict in the country 
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Martin Tyler has issued an apology after carelessly remarking a Ukraine player would ‘soldier on’ against Wales – amid the ongoing conflict in the country.  

The veteran commentator was covering the World Cup play-off final between Rob Page’s side and the war-torn visitors, with a spot at the Qatar tournament later this year up for grabs.

And when Ukraine goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan picked up an ankle knock trying to punch the ball away, Tyler used the phrase ‘soldier on’ – a sensitive topic given the war there since Russia’s invasion.

Martin Tyler has apologised for saying Ukraine goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan (left) would 'soldier on' after picking up an ankle injury, amid the ongoing conflict in the European country

Martin Tyler has apologised for saying Ukraine goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan (left) would ‘soldier on’ after picking up an ankle injury, amid the ongoing conflict in the European country

The veteran commentator (above) was covering Ukraine's World Cup play-off final vs Wales

The veteran commentator (above) was covering Ukraine's World Cup play-off final vs Wales

The veteran commentator (above) was covering Ukraine’s World Cup play-off final vs Wales

Fans quickly took to social media to criticise Tyler for the gaffe.

One said: ‘Martin Tyler as sensitive as ever when he comments that the Ukrainian goalkeeper “is going to soldier on”,’ with a face-palm emoji.

A second posted: ‘Martin tyler just said a ukrainian footballer was “soldiering on”. wow’, with another adding: ‘Martin tyler saying the ukraine player should just soldier on,’ followed by three crying emojis.

And fans quickly took to social media (shown above) to criticise Tyler's clumsy turn of phrase

And fans quickly took to social media (shown above) to criticise Tyler's clumsy turn of phrase

And fans quickly took to social media (shown above) to criticise Tyler’s clumsy turn of phrase

Another tweeted: ‘Martin Tyler just said the Ukrainian goalkeeper will “soldier on” and promptly apologised for saying that. He’s genuinely just awful. #WALUKR’.

A fifth continued: ‘Martin Tyler just said a Ukrainian player who’d received treatment would “Soldier on.” Wow. Retire’, while a fan added: ‘Martin Tyler just said a Ukrainian player will “soldier on” and apologised as soon as he said it’, with laughing emojis.

One posted incredulously: ‘No way martin tyler just said the ukrainian keeper will soldier on’, with a ninth tweeting: ‘Martin Tyler just apologised for saying the Ukrainian keeper has to “soldier on” I’m in tears man wtf’.

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