F1's Lazenby gears up for a rollocking after plane shame
22:33 GMT, 25 June 2012
Formula One presenter Simon Lazenby has some explaining to do to his Sky Sports bosses for his alleged conduct on the easyJet flight back to London from the European Grand Prix in Valencia.
A BBC grand prix producer working on the Corporation’s rival coverage of the race posted a tweet claiming an un-named TV presenter had been a ‘loud drunk’ during the journey.
And other F1 personnel on board the budget airline flight last Sunday night identified Lazenby as the target of the attack, describing his behaviour as ‘obnoxious’.
Rollicking: Simon Lazenby (right) is in hot water
The BBC’s Richard Carr had tweeted: ‘Tedious delayed easyJet flight. Enlivened by loud drunk TV presenter. Fortunately not a BBC TV presenter though. I give you two guesses.’
However, Sky sources insisted there had been no complaints from easyJet and the accident-prone Lazenby had been unfairly singled out for criticism when he was travelling with a group containing BBC personnel.
It is only a month since Lazenby was severely reprimanded by his Sky bosses for making a tasteless joke on air before the start of the Monaco Grand Prix about the car crash that killed Princess Grace nearly 30 years ago. Hapless Lazenby told viewers: ‘Some twisty and dangerous roads above us here in Monaco. Princess Grace knows all about them.’
Incident: He disrupted the flight home from the European Grand Prix
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California-based rock group Evaline, whose song 'There There' provides the soundtrack to the UEFA Respect campaign ad Swap Your Jersey, were told it would feature at least three times a day in every TV territory as part of the broadcast rights conditions.
However, the ad was not shown in the UK, which was described as ‘scandalous’ by Evaline’s management. A UEFA spokesman said there wasn’t an obligation in place in every deal done.
Talking of swapping, it wasn’t the most fitting of pairings after wholly contrasting performances that England’s great disappointment Wayne Rooney asked to exchange shirts with Italy’s playmaker genius Andrea Pirlo as they went down the tunnel at half-time.
No Terry trouble
The same FA high command led by chairman David Bernstein, who stripped John Terry of the England captaincy, were on Sunday praising his ‘outstanding, first-class’ attitude on and off the pitch during Euro 2012.
He proved one of England’s best players, while keeping as low a profile as possible.
Top class: John Terry excelled for England
Terry will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on July 9 to face a racially aggravated public order charge armed with a character reference from his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. He denies making racist comments to Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
The future is ready
With England’s technical deficiencies exposed so brutally by the Italians in Kiev in front of a 23.2million peak audience, at least there’s a glimmer of hope on the horizon. The FA receive the keys to their St George’s Park National Football Centre, seen as one of the long-term answers to the problem, from builders Bowmer and Kirkland next week.
Touch of class: Roy Hodgson (right) was magnanimous in defeat
Hodgson’s classy exit
Roy Hodgson, who has come out of his first tournament as England manager in credit despite yet another quarter-final penalty exit, took defeat a lot better than his former Liverpool bosses warned he would. A magnanimous Hodgson walked down the length of the plane taking the England party home from Euro 2012 before take-off thanking everyone individually for their efforts.
Stadium woes for Rogers
Panorama reporter Chris Rogers, who was responsible for the Stadiums of Hate documentary about racist problems at matches in Ukraine and Poland, has had his own issues in a major sports venue.
Rogers was arrested on his last job for ITN’s London Tonight programme after attempting to breach Olympic Park security posing as a Lithuanian builder on a false passport. The giveaway was the brand new set of tools he was carrying. An ITN spokesman said Rogers, who was released without charge, was carrying out a 'legitimate investigation'.