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Gianfranco Zola says ‘bulls***’ live on BT Sport before West Ham vs Chelsea


Gianfranco Zola caught viewers off guard before Chelsea’s Premier League clash with West Ham (BT Sport)

BT Sport were forced to offer a hurried apology after Gianfranco Zola said ‘bulls***’ live on air before West Ham’s Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

The former Chelsea forward, who also spent two seasons as West Ham’s manager, was working as a pundit alongside Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand for the game.

Just over 10 minutes into BT Sport’s live broadcast, highlights of Zola’s brilliance as a player were being shown to viewers before the subject of natural talent was raised.

Ferdinand asked Zola: ‘You know what, none of this was accidental, only through listening to people like Joe [Cole], Frank [Lampard] etc who went to Chelsea and played alongside him, they just used to speak about your work ethic, your practice, this wasn’t an accident was it?’

But Zola then caught BT Sport host Jake Humphrey off guard with his response.

‘No, no, absolutely,’ replied Zola.

‘It didn’t come [natural]. That’s why when they tell me, ‘it’s natural’, no, no, forgive me [for saying] the word, it’s bulls***, it’s a very strong word.’

BT Sport host Jake Humphrey quickly apologised for Gianfranco Zola’s swearing (BT Sport)

Humphrey quickly issued an apology to viewers as he grimaced and said: ‘That is a very strong word for this time of the morning, apologies if you didn’t like the use of the word.’

Zola himself followed up with an apology before explaining: ‘But what I want to say is that everything is down to work. I used to spend at least one hour every week on these fundamentals, only by doing that I could get good stats.

‘It’s not just about scoring one every now and then. You need to know if you have three free-kicks in a football match, you need to convert one, and the one you convert could win you the game or lose the game.

‘This comes from Italy, when you play tight games at the top of the table, most of the games were decided by either a corner kick or a free kick, so I always gave a lot of attention and the manager forced me to pay a lot of attention to the fundamentals.’

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