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Bjorn Bragi Arnarson, Icelandic reporter Bjorn Bragi Arnarson, Icelandic reporter

Bjorn Bragi Arnarson, an Icelandic reporter, talked about the handball game today, when Iceland played against Austria. He appeared on the national TV station, RUV, during half-time. After the first half the score was 17-9 for Iceland. During half-time Mr. Bjorn made an unfortunate remark, comparing the Icelandic team to Nazis. He later apologized sincerely for the remark.

During half-time Bjorn said: "The Icelanders are like the Nazis in 1938 - they're slaughtering the Austrians". The remark immediately caught a lot of attention and people expressed their views on social media. People were not happy with the remark and many said that they were distasteful.

Shortly after the game an apology was sent out. The statement was sent out shortly after the game, and it was signed by the sports manager at the TV station (RUV) and Bjorn Bragi Arnarson, who is the manager of the European Championship program.

The statement reads as follows, directly translated to English:

Bjorn Bragi Arnarsson, manager of the European Championship program, made a very distasteful remark during half time of the game Iceland - Austria tonight.

Bjorn Bragi has apologized and judging from his response and from the conversations with him it is clear that this apology is sincere and that he fully realizes how serious the matter is.

We deeply regret that this has happened and we want to apologize for this incident on behalf of the RUV sports department. [...]

On behalf of RUV sports department
Kristin H. Halfdanardottir, sports manager at RUV
Bjorn Bragi Arnarsson, manager of the European Championship program

 

Last modified onSunday, 19 January 2014 00:06
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