English comedian is ‘jealous’ of coverage of Wales’ Euro 2020 matches
An English comedian has said he is “jealous” of the coverage of Wales’ Euro 2020 matches.
George Lewis praised the “tone” of ITV’s broadcast of Wales v Italy, which he claimed was “full of smiles and overachievement”.
The football columnist and presenter of the Radio X show BritPopCast compared a trip down memory lane with Wales’ 20216 campaign, to Scottish and English montages, which are “made up of failure and heartache”.
In a column for The Times, he wrote: “The mainly Welsh cast took us on a trip down memory lane with Hal Robson-Kanu talking us through his amazing goal against Belgium and Joe Ledley finally revealing why he danced in the way he did on the pitch in 2016 (that’s how he always dances).
“It’s hard not to feel a little envious of the way the Welsh enjoy these major tournaments. I’m also jealous of the tone their coverage has.
“The Scottish and English montages are made up of failure and heartache, whereas the Welsh ones are full of smiles and overachievement.
“The players all seem lovely and we are presented with a completely different Gareth Bale to the one we are shown during the domestic season.”
He added: “This isn’t the overpaid, difficult, golf-loving character we’re told he is from August to May. He’s actually one of the most humble, happy-go-lucky footballers around.
“This was reinforced with footage of one of his ex-teachers — who looks like he hasn’t cried in 40 years — welling up with pride.
“Bale’s missed penalty against Turkey was spoken about, but it was done with apologetic embarrassment by the star himself, his team-mates were laughing about it and it was set to optimistic music.
“I can’t help think that if the equivalent had happened with England, there would be calls for the player to be dropped, the manager to be sacked, and the film would be set to Hurt by Johnny Cash.”