Sky Sports forced to apologise after Kevin De Bruyne launches expletive rant at official

Sky Sports were forced to apologise live on air during Manchester City’s game against Tottenham on Saturday. Spurs took a 1-0 lead early in the game when Heung-min Son was played through one-on-one with Emerson.

The South Korea international duly tucked his effort away with City players clearly frustrated at going behind.

Pep Guardiola’s side responded well though as they pushed Tottenham onto the backfoot.

Tottenham were penned in with City pushing for an equaliser.

And De Bruyne’s frustration clearly got the better of him at one stage while standing over a corner.

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The Belgium international was remonstrating with the fourth official to demand Steven Bergwijn move back to the 10-yard line.

And pitch-side cameras picked up De Bruyne’s expletive request.

“Ref, look at where the line is,” De Bruyne could be heard shouting.

“Look where the f***ing line is.”


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Sky Sports commentator Bill Leslie was then forced to apologise live on air for De Bruyne’s language.

“[We] apologise if you heard any inappropriate language,” he said.

“If you’re watching without the stadium effects, you probably would have a word you shouldn’t have. Sorry for that.”

City thought they had equalised soon after when Aymeric Laporte fired past Hugo Lloris.

But referee Mike Dean went over the pitch side monitor to look at a possible VAR infringement.

And he adjudged Gabriel Jesus to have handled the ball in the build-up to the goal.

Guardiola was unable to call upon Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero to start the game, although both were fit enough for the bench.

Aguero has an impressive record against Tottenham throughout his career, scoring 11 goals in 16 Premier League fixtures.

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