SHANGHAI — A Chinese football commentator who screamed his support for the Italian team during this summer’s World Cup broadcast has resigned his job at China Central Television.
The 38-year-old Huang Jianxiang’s outburst, which happened during a quarter-final match against Australia, became China’s most talked-about World Cup moment, inspiring everything from stern televised discussions about broadcasting etiquette to online parodies and praise for his passion.
A five-minute clip of the match on YouTube, during which Huang repeatedly screams “Long live Italy” and “Don’t give Australia a chance,” has made the commentator something of an international star.
Though Huang was not dismissed from his job at the time, his anti-Italian rant was the second instance in which his CCTV bosses criticized the commentator for “improper but intense behavior” during the network’s World Cup coverage.
Local media reported that he was suspended from his post for months for a “personal comment” made during one of China’s qualifying matches for the 2002 World Cup.
The Shanghai Daily reports that CCTV execs have made it clear that they’re sorry about Huang’s departure and did not fire him.
There has been some speculation that Huang is in talks to join either Shanghai Dragon TV or Hunan Satellite TV as channel director, but so far neither has confirmed.