Former Celtic striker John Hartson has released an apology after comments he made about Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos.
Now a pundit, Hartson appeared on BBC Sportsound [23/01/20] to defend Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths for lobbing an object into the crowd in Celtic’s 3-1 win over Kilmarnock.
But when comparing the incident to that of Alfredo Morelos’ gesture to the Motherwell fans in December, he falsely accused the Colombian of flipping a middle finger to the Steelmen’s supporters.
Apologies for my wording of the Morelos gesture last night on @BBCSportsound it was a fist pump gesture that earned him a 2nd yellow card versus Motherwell not a middle finger, I will choose my words more carefully in the future.
— John Hartson (@JohnHartson10) January 24, 2020
In fairness to Hartson, he’s now come out and apologised for getting it wrong promising to “choose my words more carefully in the future”.
After several weeks of frothing at the mouth over Rangers’ 2-1 win at Celtic Park, Hartson was clearly under pressure when asked about the Griffiths incident.
However, the club’s supporters were a little more peeved with the comments about the middle-finger and understandably so.
Alfredo Morelos has been lambasted almost perpetually since the 29th of December and the ex-striker has very much been a driving force.
As a result, Hartson hasn’t received much sympathy from Rangers fans on Twitter in the wake of his apology:
John, how about you just stop going berserk about a gesture and hand shake? A nothing incident, the same nothing incident regarding Griffiths. That's almost a month you have been frothing at the earlobes. Losing a lot of respect now fella.
— Cameron Calder (@cccammy1) January 24, 2020
John, just try & tell the truth .. it's pretty simple.
— Richard McLuckie (@Acemcl) January 24, 2020
— The Göteborg Loyal (@GoteborgL) January 24, 2020
The truth is John, that you were all over the place with your comments last night and even said that Griffiths' action was "underarm" – maybe you need to take another look as it is always important to get your facts right and never be blinded by loyalty when your on the BBC.
— Petrocelli (@caltat) January 24, 2020
“I will choose my words more carefully in the future”…. pic.twitter.com/JaMzZBNwTo
— Crikey-G (@Crikey_G) January 24, 2020
Good for putting out the apology. However, I don't think it was an accident that you put out the lie in the first place – that's a shame and was no need.
— Moonk Calder (@minicoo_master) January 24, 2020
It's not an issue with wording, John. You lied to make the story worse and got called out. Simple
— Ｒ Ｕ Ｓ Ｔ Ｙ (@rustyrambles) January 24, 2020
A vicious and violent fist pump gesture which caused flooding in Eritrea.
— OnlyAnExcuse (@OnlyAnExcuse) January 24, 2020
You've had a shocker.
— DumbartonGer (@DumbartonGer) January 24, 2020
Damage is done now John I'm afraid. Once again pushing the narrative that morelos is somehow the worst thug in Scotland
— Tom McVey (@tmcvey077) January 24, 2020
Don’t need to choose your words carefully, just don’t lie 🙈
— Andrew (@apicozzi1) January 24, 2020
Yes, choose them more carefully. Or maybe tell the truth 🤷🏼♂️
— Staunch Arthur (@StaunchA) January 24, 2020
Are we sure