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The BBC has apologised to its viewers after England midfielder Jill Scott used some, well, 'choice' words when she was fouled during the European Championship final.
The 35-year-old, clearly offended by the tackle, quickly got to her feet before shouting: "f*** off you f***ing prick" towards her opponent. You can see the incident below.
Not been watching the football, but very happily been watching a loop of this video of Jill Scott saying "fuck off, you fucking prick!" Genuinely marvellous. pic.twitter.com/CpRtHNpAnH— Matthew Highton (@MattHighton) July 31, 2022
Moments after Scott decided to express her dissatisfaction at Lohmann with a couple of expletives, BBC commentator Robyn Cowen apologised to viewers who might have been offended by her actions.
"Apologies to any lip readers," she said. "Not sure you need to be one to figure out what Jill Scott thought of that."
The thing is, many viewers couldn't have been less offended by the gesture. In fact, many voiced their appreciation of Scott's passionate outburst on social media. Here's a few reactions.
Jill Scott appearing in a slow motion replay screaming “fuck off, fucking prick” while beating Germany in a major final should make her clear front runner for sports personality of the year— TheIainDuncanSmiths (@TheIDSmiths) July 31, 2022
Jill Scott deserves an OBE for services to furious swearing. textbook. inspirational. https://t.co/d6JjGffco1— dan hett (@danhett) July 31, 2022
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” - Nelson Mandela— The Rt Hon Sir Ken Twix MP (@kentwix12) July 31, 2022
"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." - Mother Teresa
“Fuck off you fucking prick.” - Jill Scott
On Monday afternoon, during England's title celebrations in Trafalgar Square, Scott revealed that she has since apologised to her grandma for the outburst.
“I did apologise to my Grandma for swearing," she said. "Hopefully people understand that we wanted to win really badly.”
The 35-year-old, who was part of the England team that lost against Germany in the Euro 2009 final, was congratulated by Prince William after the full-time whistle.
As she collected her winner's medal at Wembley on Sunday night, the pair decided to hug it out instead of the usual handshake.
That's because the Sunderland-born midfielder and Prince William have met on a number of occasions. In fact, Scott was having a kickabout against the Duke of Cambridge in 2012 when an unfortunate incident occured.
"It stems back to about 10 years ago when we did a charity event and I slipped and side-tackled him and actually wiped him out," she remembers.
“The running joke whenever he sees us is, ‘No yellow cards this tournament Jill!’.”
Prince William hugging and congratulating Jill Scott. #Lionesses— livvie lou (@livvzeegs) August 1, 2022
Jill: It stems back to about 10 yrs ago when we did a charity event and I slipped and side-tackled him and actually wiped him out. The running joke whenever he sees us is,‘No yellow cards this tournament Jill!’”😂 pic.twitter.com/vLTm79JXH0
Scott was also involved in another hilarious scene following the 2-1 win. At the start of Sarina Wiegman’s press conference, jubilant England players sang the chorus to 'Three Lions' for a solid 20 seconds.
England players gatecrash Sarina Wiegman’s press conference singing “it’s coming home”😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/0MZFPTAX9p— Kathryn Batte (@KathrynBatte) July 31, 2022
Wiegman's side, who beat Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland, Spain and Sweden along the way, secured their first major piece of silverware with a 2-1 win over eight-time winners Germany.