Ian Wright leads the defence of World Cup pundit Eni Aluko, telling Twitter trolls to ‘grow up’ after her basic ‘goal-a-game’ maths error on ITV sparked a pile-on from ‘sexist’ football fans
Ian Wright has hit back at the critics who slammed Eni Aluko for making a mistake while working as a pundit on ITV‘s coverage of Brazil’s last-16 tie with South Korea.
The conversation stemmed from his impressive performance – scoring in the 29th minute of the game to take his international goal tally to 20 in 41 appearances.
Ian Wright hit back at the critics who slammed Eni Aluko for making a mistake live on air
The former England striker made a mistake while trying to work out Richarlison’s international goal-to-game ratio on the spot.
Speaking live on air, Aluko said: ‘He [Richarlison] really has [had a big impact],’ ‘He’s the top scorer for Brazil over the last two years.
‘He’s got a great record, 19 in 40 appearances, you do the math on that – that’s one goal a game, pretty much.’
Fans were quick to take to social media to criticise Aluko for the mistake and mock her analysis as a result.
However, Aluko’s work colleagues responded instantly – defending the 35-year-old and her knowledge.
Wright Tweeted: ‘I’ve made countless mistakes live on air. The replies to this are horrible. You man are so pressed by women in football that you take pure pleasure in this. Grow up.’
Seema Jaswal agreed with Wright and added: ‘Aluko is an absolute joy to work with, knowledgeable, professional and makes my job so much easier.’
Dan Walker also said: ‘We all know what she meant and if either of the blokes alongside her had said it… it would have been ignored.
‘The bile beneath this says a lot more about the authors than Eni Aluko. P.S. I once called the Pentagon an ‘octagonal shaped building in Washington”.
While Aluko took to her personal account to address the situation, claiming her critics ‘Twitterati’.
She wrote: ‘Got myself a First class law degree, 102 caps & a Doctorate but Maths wasn’t always my forte
‘Nearly 1 in 2 games is the math on Richarlison. But some of you weirdo twitterati knew that already. Might also learn from the rest of the analysis conveniently ignored.’