A translation of an abusive on-air rant by Mexican football commentator Christian Martinoli after Mexico managed to squeeze through to the play-off places for the World Cup has gone viral.
The rant came after the United States scored two goals in stoppage time meaning Mexico could still make it to the 2014 World Cup at the expense of Panama, who were beating the USA 2-1 until the two late goals.
Martinoli began mildly, announcing US-Mexican relationships were at an all-time high with a simple “We love you forever and ever! God bless America!” spoken in English, before rounding on his compatriots performances in the group stages in his native Spanish:
“It is because of the USA that we are being placed in the playoff …BECAUSE OF THEM, NOT DUE TO YOU. NOT ANY OF YOU in the green shirts ….IT WAS THEM!! NOT YOU! THEY DID IT!!!!! NOT YOU! Remember this forever….. KEEP THIS CLEARLY IN MIND FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES! You do NOTHING for the shirt, you do NOT put the effort in, you have NOT placed us in the playoffs, you HAVE NOT placed us in the WORLD CUP…YOU WOULD NOT HAVE KEPT US ALIVE….IT WAS ESTADOS UNIDOS, NOT YOU! NOT YOU AND YOUR ARROGANCE/CONCEIT…..NOT YOU AND YOUR INFAMY….NOT YOU AND YOUR MORONS/PUNKS….
“IT IS A FAILURE…..and UNDESERVED -to go through to the playoff- WE HAD NO ARGUMENTS to earn the playoffs, THE USA, WITH SUBS , WITH MANY SUBS as the visiting team shows us once again what the USA is all about ….how to play the game with dignity, how to approach the sport. Mexico is a horror, just terrible….A FAILURE….
THE USA HAS SURPASSED US. They are better than Mexico in SOCCER ….THEY EVEN HAVE THE LUXURY OF PLAYING THEIR SUBS and KEEPING US ALIVE…. I hope our coach wears the pants and resigns. He has failed as coach….”
Keeping up their woeful form, Mexico lost 2-1 to Costa Rica in their final game before being saved by goals from America’s Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson. The Mexican team had managed to win only two games in their whole qualification campaign, beating only Panama and Jamaica who both ended up finishing below them. Mexico finished fourth in their group behind minnows Costa Rica and Honduras, as well as the USA.
It’s only been a few weeks in the world of sport since people have got themselves in trouble over translated statements, Formula One’s Fernando Alonso calling his Ferrari team at their home race in Monza, Italy in a crackly radio message either “idiots” or “geniuses” in Italian depending on what you believe he was saying after a misjudgement in qualifying cost him a shot at pole position.
Unfortunately for the Mexican players, they still have to beat New Zealand to get through to the finals in Brazil; Where Martinoli will be the only commentator who doesn’t need a microphone.
Watch Christian Martinoli castigate the Mexican team for their performances in the Qualifying games: