Football commentator's shocking on-air threat to female co-host

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Former US men's football star apologised to Mexico women's player Janelly Farias on-air, after joking he would 'choke' her earlier in their broadcast of a match between the two nations. Picture: CBS SPORTS
Former US men's football star apologised to Mexico women's player Janelly Farias on-air, after joking he would 'choke' her earlier in their broadcast of a match between the two nations. Picture: CBS SPORTS

A former national football star in the United States has apologised to a female co-host after threatening to 'choke' her during an on-air back and forth.

Oguchi Onyewu, who represented the US from 2004 to 2014 while also starring overseas, apologised to co-host and defender for Mexico's women's team Janelly Farias over the unsavoury remark before their broadcast of the Concacaf Nations League final.

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While discussing what had unfolded during the match after the final whistle, as the panellists argued over different points Anyewu said to Farias 'I will come across the desk and choke you'.

Viewers were quick to condemn the remark, which Anyewu maintained was meant jokingly.

He made an on-air apology to Farias a short time later.

“Early in the show, you know, throughout our banter back and forth, I got carried away for sure,” Onyewu said to her.

“And I said a stupid thing that should’ve never come out of my mouth. And I am deeply sorry for it and I apologise to you and I hope that you can forgive me and don’t take any offence to it. 

"So, I just really want to sincerely apologise for what I said.” 

For her part, Farias accepted the apology with a fist bump.

“I think the fact that you can say that on national television speaks volumes of you," she said.

While fans noted the apology, many remained unimpressed by Onyewu's comment.

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“Joking live on national TV that you are gonna come across the table and choke your female colleague is probably not a good thing to do … and by probably not a good thing to do I mean … don’t f**king do it dude,” one fan wrote.

US edge Mexico thanks to Pulisic penalty

Striker Christian Pulisic and goalkeeper Ethan Horvath have combined to lead the United States to a comeback 3-2 win over Mexico.

Pulisic converted a penalty kick in the 114th minute and backup No.1 Ethan Horvath stopped Andres Guardado's penalty kick in the 124th as the Americans overcame an early defensive blunder in the final of the first CONCACAF Nations League.

The match turned on three video reviews.

Gio Reyna and Weston McKennie scored as the 20th-ranked US twice overcame deficits against No. 11 Mexico, who led after just 63 seconds.

Pulisic, fresh from winning the Champions League with Chelsea on May 29, cut inside the penalty area and was pulled down by Carlos Salcedo.

United States players celebrate their win over Mexico as forward Christian Pulisic holds up the CONCACAF Nations League Championship trophy after beating Mexico in the championship game. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
United States players celebrate their win over Mexico as forward Christian Pulisic holds up the CONCACAF Nations League Championship trophy after beating Mexico in the championship game. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Panamanian referee John Pitti did not initially signal a penalty but consulted a video review and then pointed to the spot.

Mexico coach Tata Martino appeared to receive a red card for putting a hand on an official during the review and Hirving Lozano was given a yellow card for arguing after the decision.

Pulisic sent the ball to the upper corner past the left arm of goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa for his 16th international goal.

Pitti again did not make a call when Luis Romo's header went off the left arm of McKenzie, whose arm was perhaps only slightly outstretched.

Horvath, who replaced injured starter Zack Steffen in the 69th minute, waited to the last moment and dived right to bat away the penalty by Mexico's captain.

The US had to survive an extended 11 minutes of stoppage time following the second extra period.

In a testy match, Reyna scored the first US goal and had been subbed off when appeared to be hit on the face by an object thrown from the stands following Pulisic's goal.

The match had been halted for about three minutes during second-half stoppage time because of discriminatory chants at Empower Field.

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