Charleroi striker demands public apology after commentator calls him 'fat as a pig' on live TV

Posted by Chris Wright

Sporting Charleroi striker Harlem Gnohere has threatened to sue a Belgian football commentator who described the French forward as being "fat as a pig" during a Jupiler Pro League fixture at the weekend (you can read the full report here).

Analyzing the action live on television, RTL Belgium's Stephane Pauwels criticised Gnohere's lack of mobility and fitness, branding him "fat as a pig" before adding that the striker was "15 kilograms too heavy and going nowhere" as he struggled to make an impact in Charleroi's 2-1 home defeat to KV Kortrijk on Saturday.

After hearing Pauwels' comments after the game, Gnohere -– who is known as "Bison" to the Charleroi fans in reference to his stocky build -– took umbrage and announced that he would be calling his lawyer to take legal action against the commentator.

However, a statement issued by Charleroi on Gnohere's behalf also said that the striker would be perfectly willing to drop the charges if Pauwels agreed to apologise to him publicly and make a "sizeable" donation to a charity of his choosing.

Pauwels then quickly half-apologised for his outburst on Twitter, saying:

"Harsh, yes, that's football. OK, I should have said 'a few too many kilos'. My apologies to Bison."

"Okay, I should have said 'excess pounds'. My apologies to the Sudpresse newspapers, who apparently had to make a point."

Positively dripping with sincerity. As things stand, Pauwels is yet to make his charitable contribution, sizeable or otherwise.


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