Leading World Cup pundit Eni Aluko’s defense, Ian Wright tells Twitter trolls to ‘grow up’ after her basic ‘goal-a-game’ math mistake on ITV sparked a buildup of ‘sexist’ football fans
Ian Wright has hit back at the critics who criticized Eni Aluko for making a mistake while working as a pundit on ITV’s coverage of Brazil’s last 16 with South Korea.
Aluko discussed Richarlison’s goal-to-game ratio with her fellow pundits, Graeme Souness and Roy Keane, following Brazil’s 4-1 win on Monday night.
The conversation sprang up 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 berated Eni Aluko for making a mistake live on air
The former England striker made a mistake when he tried to calculate Richarlison’s international goal-to-game ratio on the spot.
Live on air, Aluko said, “He [Richarlison] really has [had a big impact],’ ‘He has been the top scorer for Brazil for the past two years.
“He’s got a great record, 19 in 40 appearances, do the math – that’s about one goal per game.”
Fans quickly took to social media to criticize Aluko for the mistake and mock her analysis as a result.
However, Aluko’s colleagues reacted immediately – they defended the 35-year-old and her acquaintance.
Wright tweeted, “I made countless mistakes live on air. The reactions to this are terrible. You man are so pressured by women in football that you get pure pleasure out of this. To grow up.’
Seema Jaswal agreed with Wright, adding, “Aluko is an absolute pleasure to work with, knowledgeable, professional and makes my job so much easier.”
Dan Walker also said, “We all know what she meant and if any of the guys next to her had said it… it would have been ignored.
The gal below says a lot more about the authors than it does about Eni Aluko. PS I once called the Pentagon an “octagonal building in Washington.”
While Aluko used her personal account to address the situation, her critics claimed “Twitterati.”
She wrote, “I got a first class law degree, 102 caps and a PhD, but math wasn’t always my forte.
“Nearly 1 in 2 games is the math at Richarlison. But some of you weird twitterati already knew that. Could also learn from the rest of the analysis which is conveniently ignored.”