Channel 7 commentator in hot water over 'horrendous' on-air gaffe

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.

Aliir Aliir and Majak Daw battle it out during a game in 2018. Pic: Getty

“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:

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.