The BBC is facing a flood of complaints following Alan Hansen's shock comment that "Ferdinand dealt with that well". The Match of the Day studio fell into a stunned silence before host Gary Lineker, visibly shocked, moved on to highlights from the Reebock. Alan Shearer was later treated at a nearby hospital after hyperventilating following Hansen's remark.
The former Liverpool and Scotland defender was apologetic later. "I don't know what came over me. It was a dreadful comment to make. And the microphone! I got too close to it. There was always going to be an embarrassing mistake."
BBC Sport insiders say that there hasn't been a scandal like this since Trevor brooking said something interesting at Portman Road. This latest shock follows the Test Match special fiasco where Jonathan Agnew and Vic Marks tried to commentate on the cricket without talking about cake or pigeons.