Hakim Ziyech's Goal Cost Turkish Commentator Job In Morocco Vs Canada Tie; Read Why

Hakim Ziyech's Goal Cost Turkish Commentator Job In Morocco Vs Canada Tie; Read Why

Working for Turkish state TV TRT, commentator Alper Bakircigil was sacked on during the Morocco vs Canada, Group F tie in the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2022 match.

Updated: December 3, 2022 6:36 PM IST | Edited By: CricketCountry Staff
Doha: Hakim Ziyech's fourth minute goal against Canada in a Group F encounter at the FIFA World Cup 2022 on December 1 sent thousands of Moroccan fans at the Al Thumama Stadium in delight. But little did Ziyech knew that his goal would cost a commentator his job at half-time. The incident took place after Ziyech chipped over Canada goalie Milan Borjan to gave Morocco an early lead. Working for Turkish state television TRT, commentaror Alper Bakircigil informed his viewers that it was Hasan Sukur and not Ziyech who has scored the fastest-ever World Cup goal. Bakircigil said what was not to be said. Sukur, a former Turkey international and also an ex-Inter Milan and Parma striker, is banned due to his political differences with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Bakircigil lost his job immediately due to those two words and was replaced by one of his colleagues at the break. Bakircigil tweeted, "I was kicked out of TRT, where I proudly worked for many years, after the event that took place today. Parting is part of love. Hope to see you again. Goodbye." However, that Twitter post has been deleted according to Tuttosprt. Playing 112 time for the Turkey national team, Sukur scored 51 goals to become the country's leading scorer. Following his retirement, Sukur joined politics and was one of Erdogan's boldest critics that forced him to leave the country and shift to United States in 2017. Sukur holds the record of fastest-ever FIFA World Cup goal when he netted in just 11 seconds in 2002 edition. Meanwhile, Morocco will face 2010 champion Spain in a pre-quarterfinal match on Tuesday.
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