BBC Breakfast backlash as viewers slam World Cup coverage

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On Tuesday’s instalment of BBC Breakfast, host Sally Nugent and Jon Kay were speaking about the World Cup, which kicked off over the weekend. Throughout the show, the duo were discussing England’s triumph against Iran and Wales’ draw against USA. Although viewers were less than impressed with the extensive coverage.

Monday afternoon saw the England team take on Iran for their first match in FIFA World Cup 2022.

In a huge triumph, the team won the game, as the final score at the end of the match came to 6-2.

Later on in the day, it was Wales’ turn to take to the football stadium against the USA team which resulted in a draw.

BBC Breakfast spoke about the two matches on Tuesday morning throughout the show as they cut to reporter John Maguire who is covering the sport live from Qatar.

Although as the sport dominated the show, it wasn’t long before people watching took to Twitter to complain about its extensive coverage.

Magsiesss said: “Here’s an idea. What about reporting some actual real-world news? What about reporting more on the really brave Iranians who did not sing their national anthem and why? The more I hear about your football reporting, the less I like it. Less is more.”

Dylan6roberts added: “4 weeks of this football s**t. I can’t cope. #BbcBreakfast.”

IBuntyedition slammed: “ WHY IS FOOTBALL THE MAIN NEWS? THE SPORTS CAN BE A 5-MINUTE SECTION AT THE END. WHAT IS WRONG, THAT #BBC WILL NOT PRESENT NEWS? WHO DECIDED THAT FOOTBALL IS THE NEWS? IT IS A DISTRACTION FOR YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE. AS THE UK CONTINUES TO FALL APART OUTSIDE EU.”

“So the day before the match we get wall-to-wall coverage about whats coming up, then on the day, we get wall-to-wall coverage about today’s matches and then the day after we get the here’s what happened. What about the other news,” (sic) asked cosmos2005.

Courier boyUK commented: “Ok #FIFAWorldCup maybe news for some but it’s not the only news, there are other things going on [sic] #BBCBreakfast #GMB #SkyNews.”

Penno350 questioned: “Is it a slow news day? #BBCBreakfast.”

During the show, the two presenters spoke to John live from Doha as they spoke about his questionable attire while in the hot country.

Sally said: “John, I know you had a woolly jumper on yesterday and it was a lovely woolly jumper, but I heard a rumour that you actually got sunburnt.”

Confessing, he replied: “I did! I did, on my back, foolish.

“You’d think after a week or so I might’ve cracked this wouldn’t you? But clearly not!”

Laughing in the studio, Sally joked it was a classic mistake as Jon sarcastically told him they were sorry he had three more weeks of tanning left to do.

Along with speaking about both teams’ success, BBC Breakfast highlighted the ongoing controversy on LGBT rights in the country.

John added: “It was interesting what played out yesterday, for some of the Welsh fans who were trying to enter the Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium, which is where Wales were taking on the USA.

“Some fans were actually stopped, they had their rainbow bucket hats which they were wearing, confiscated by security on their way into the stadium.”

BBC Breakfast continues weekdays on BBC One from 6am.

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