Another TV reporter has been attacked during a live World Cup broadcast as a ‘complete thug’ forced himself into a journalist’s face and threw beer at the correspondent.
After multiple female reporters were sexually harassed by male fans on camera during the tournament, New Zealand’s Lloyd Burr copped an aggressive drunk at a London pub.
The Kiwi was filming a live cross on The AM Show towards the end of England’s semi-final defeat to Croatia when a man entered the picture and began yelling at Burr.
While the reporter maintained his professionalism, the drunken football fan crossed a line when he threw a beer into Burr’s face.
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“It seems there is a very angry England fan coming up to me,” Burr said.
“It has gone from jubilation early, to frustration, to anticipation and now it has turned to anger.
“The English fans are very angry and the ref is just about to call this final whistle.”
Following the assault, the in-studio news reporter Duncan Garner condemned the incident.
‘We’re gonna get out of here,” Garner said from the studio.
“Can someone get around Lloyd as well… and look after him. What a bunch of thugs, what a complete thug that guys is.”
The fan has yet to be identified but Burr has since confirmed he had words with the man afterwards – and he was Australian.
First time to Croydon, south London and what an initiation! Apart from the beer in the face (by a drunken Aussie), it was an epic atmosphere to watch a great game. @simonmorrowNZ and I are all good. Thanks for your kind messages.
— Lloyd Burr (@LloydBurr) July 11, 2018
Fans watching the broadcast in New Zealand also vented their frustrations while praising Burr for his measured response on the air.
— Emily Cooper (@em_cooper23) July 11, 2018
Super gross to see the clip of @LloydBurr / the domestic violence campaigns around the #worldcup in the UK. I know the same thing happens in NZ with rugby/league (+probs others) – but really sad to see the flipside of "celebrations" which actually cause so much abuse
— Morgan Tait (@morgtait) July 12, 2018
Who is this tosspot in Croydon? Apparently he is Australian. He must be on a #hooligansholiday. I hope the beer wasn't warm, at least. @LloydBurr @NewshubNZ #CROENG #ENGCRO #WorldCup https://t.co/EvPJn7oAUm pic.twitter.com/ioL9gC9L1t
— Christopher Cusack (@kiwibassman) July 11, 2018