'This is disgusting': Reporter 'violated' during live TV news cross

·Sports Editor
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Lyndsey Gough, pictured here during the uncomfortable scenes.
Lyndsey Gough said she was 'violated' during the live TV cross. Image: Twitter

A female sports reporter in America has shared disturbing video of the moment she claims she was "violated" by fans after a college football match.

Lyndsey Gough was filming a live TV news cross after Georgia's victory over Clemson when she was repeatedly approached by raucous fans.

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The sports director at WTOC 11 in Georgia, Gough posted a video on Twitter showing fans allegedly touching her from behind, yelling at the camera and touching her equipment while she was standing in the concourse at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In the video, Gough can be heard telling the first man that approached her: "Please don't touch me."

Gough tweeted: “Got all kinds of violated during my first live hit by fans.

“After the first guy touched me I started rolling … this isn’t even all of it. So uncomfortable. Can we please respect people’s space.”

After several more incidents with fans, Gough can be seen exiting the camera shot and stating: “I’ve got to move.”

Anger over 'disgusting' treatment of reporter

The video has sparked anger among fellow journalists and reporters, with many calling for change.

Antwan V. Staley tweeted "this is disgusting”, while Jenna Laine of ESPN wrote: “Many times reporters are expected to do these live shots alone (often at night) with no photographer and no crowd control assistance. 

"Please folks … we get that you’re excited about the game, but as she said … respect her space. She cannot see you coming up behind her.”

Lyndsey Gough, pictured here during the live TV cross.
Lyndsey Gough eventually had enough and moved locations. Image: Twitter

Fellow sports presenter Logan Whaley wrote: “I understand wanting to be on camera but invading personal space to do that is when it goes too far. 

"@LGonTV is a trooper for handling that solo and for dealing with the comments after this was posted.”

Fans were also quick to call out the actions of the rowdy spectators.

"I’m a huge Georgia fan. This is unacceptable and embarrassing," one wrote.

"We aren’t all like that. Please don’t lump us in with those idiots. I’m sorry that happened to you."

Another commented: "People can go crazy by a tv camera without putting their hands on a woman doing her job. 

"Men just think they can touch and grab women all of the time."

Georgia won the game 10-3 in the college football season opener.

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