CBS Sports Commentator Faces Backlash for Citing ‘Latino Tempermant’ as to Why PSG’s Di María Received a Red Card

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It was a tough night for Paris Saint-Germain as the capital club fell 2-0 to Manchester City, losing 4-1 on aggregate in their UEFA Champions League final matchup. 

Nonetheless, there was controversy in the commentary booth. During the match as CBS Sports Network and on Paramount+ commentator Jim Beglin offered an awkward and generalization analysis to Ángel Di María receiving a red card at the 69th-minute mark. 

Beglin attributed Di María’s red card to his “Latino temperament.” It set off a wildfire on Twitter as the commentator faced backlash for his generalization. However, some came to Beglin’s defense, but this is a lazy and generic analysis of an entire ethnicity. 

The commentator would later apologize, but it doesn’t appear as though he understood what he was apologizing for, considering Beglin made no mention of his generalization. 

“When Di Maria was sent off, I described it by using the word, Latino. For anybody that’s taken offense, I do apologize – sincerely apologize,” Beglin said. 

Furthermore, this remark from Beglin couldn’t come at the worst time as English football clubs recently had a four-day boycott from social media. They were looking to advocate for better policies regarding discrimination and abuse players receive on these platforms. 

Below are some reactions to Beglin’s comments.

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