Brian Taylor is in hot water with football fans once again – this time after calling the wrong Sudanese footballer’s name.
The Channel 7 commentator recently sparked headlines amid a new debate over the pronunciation of Orazio Fantasia.
On Friday night at the SCG, Taylor got it all wrong.
Sydney’s Aliir Aliir gave away a free kick in a marking contest with Collingwood’s Daniel Wells.
Taylor, however, called Majak Daw, who plays for North Melbourne.
“Here’s Wells – Majak Daw, too much body,” Taylor said as the umpire paid the free.
Three seconds passed before Taylor apologised and corrected himself.
“Sorry, Aliir Aliir. Sorry,” the former Coleman Medal winner said.
Taylor was immediately ridiculed on social media:
BT calling Alir Alir as Majak Daw. Wowee Brian that’s horrendous! #AFLSwansPies— Jarryd Browne (@JarrydBrowne) May 24, 2019
BT just called Aliir Aliir as “Majak Daw”, a player who wears blue and white and ain’t on the field. Is this really the best we can do?— Eric George (@ericpaulgeorge) May 24, 2019
BT now walking on eggshells every time he has to call Aliir. #AFLSwansPies— Anthony Leach (@ahleach) May 24, 2019
If fairness to BT it’s easy to get Aliir Aliir and Majak Daw confused they are both defenders! #AFLSwansPies— Cam Marshall (@mrcammarshall) May 24, 2019
Daw, yet to play this year as he recovers from injury following a bridge fall, and Aliir are two of a small group of AFL players with a Sudanese background.
Mabior Chol plays for Richmond, while Gach Nyuon was drafted by Essendon in 2015.
Essendon star sets the record straight
Taylor was the centre of a debate regarding Fantasia this month over his refusal to accept what was thought to be the correct pronunciation.
The commentator’s version of the Essendon star’s name became infamous.
While Taylor loves to bellow ‘Fan-tay-sha’ whenever he gets the ball, the Italian pronunciation is ‘Fanta-sia’.
Fantasia told Triple M radio how to say it properly last year, and Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell reiterated that during a Friday night broadcast on Channel 7.
As the player himself went in for scans on an injured quad 10 days ago, he was quizzed by media about the controversy.
“Someone stops you at the airport and says ‘what’s your name?’ what do you say?” asked a reporter.
Fantasia responded with a smile: “I say Fan-tay-sha, so there it is.”
While ‘Fanta-sia’ is the original pronunciation and correct according to its Italian heritage, the 23-year-old’s confirmation of his preferred choice will seemingly end the debate.