German TV channel ZDF denounced Claudia Neumann’s exposure to sexual insults, after she became the first woman on German television to comment on the Champions League final, after she mispronounced the names of a number of the players of the two teams and an important event at the end of the match.
Social media users directed harsh criticism and hateful expressions at the 59-year-old sports journalist during the final match between Manchester City and Inter Milan, which was held in Istanbul, Turkey, the day before yesterday, Saturday.
Numan, the beneficiary of the “women’s quota”, was subject to a repeated approach of abuse on communication platforms such as Twitter and TikTok.
Yesterday, Sunday, the channel’s sports program director, York Paulus, denounced this behavior.
Poulos said, “Constructive and objective criticism of her work is absolutely wonderful.. However, the great amount of hatred and insult to which she was subjected is absolutely unacceptable.”
Paulos described the journalist as a “professional and experienced commentator, who proved this again in the Champions League final.”
A week ago, Numan commented on the UEFA Women’s Champions League final.
– bmg (@EtienneGiesen) June 10, 2023
– Alessandro (28🏆) (@attarod03) June 11, 2023
As for the reasons for attacking Numan, and according to what was published on social media, it appears that she made a mistake in the names of the City players: Kyle Walker, Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez, as well as two players from Inter Milan: Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Hakan Chalhanoglu and Robin Goossens.
Inzaghi (Trainer from Inter Mailand)
Will also, das das Spiel frühzeitig abgepfiffen wird, damit Inter nicht mehr den Ausgleich schiessen kann.
Claudia Neumann digga ich habe kein Bock mehr pic.twitter.com/ik7ZeUyDEd
— Marius (@drecksuser) June 10, 2023
And the worst – in the opinion of Numan’s critics – is that she said in the 95th minute of the match that Simone Inzaghi, coach of Inter Milan, who lost 1-0, wanted the referee to blow the final whistle.