Match of the Day's Gabby Logan issues BBC apology as replay airs of 'sickening' Euro 2024 injury

BBC's Gabby Logan on Match of the Day
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Gabby Logan was forced to issue a swift apology at the end of Sunday's Euro 2024 Match of the Day, after angry BBC viewers were left 'disgusted' and sickened as replays were shown of the collision which left Hungarian player Barnabás Varga with a serious injury, during his side's crucial tie with Scotland.

Both Scotland and Hungary went into the game knowing they needed to win to be in with a chance of making the last 16 of Euro 2024, with anything but a win meaning Hungary would be out of the tournament, after they lost their first two games against Germany and Switzerland and a draw only giving Scotland a very slim hope of advancing.

After a sloppy first half, the second half was well underway when Varga and Scottish keeper Angus Gunn both ended up on the ground, with the Hungarian striker's teammates rushed to his side and sheets were quickly brought onto the pitch by medical staff to shield him from view.

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In the immediate aftermath of the collision, a replay was aired as millions of BBC viewers tuning in at home were full of concern for the stricken player. Eventually camera shots moved away from the turf for more of a birds eye of the pitch and the stands, as commentators Steve Wilson and James McFadden wished Varga well and Wilson mentioned that one of the other players was in tears.

The backlash to the replay of the injury was huge on social media, as one critic took to X to blast: "Can’t believe BBC actually held focus on an unconscious person for so long, and then even showed a replay! Quite clearly unconscious.. Hope Varga is ok." Another fumed: "Sorry, but it’s absolutely disgusting for @BBCSport to allow the coverage of the camera angle close ups whilst Barnabás Varga is knocked out cold and THEN play the replay over and over again!! I know it’s not BBC directly but a technical producer has to stop it."

After the final whistle blew on Hungary's last gasp 1-0 win, Gabby was quick to address the situation, remarking: "Just to echo Steve's thoughts there, all of our thoughts are of course with Barnabás Varga after that sickening collision and we'll be updating up when we have information."

She then added: "And we were as shocked as you when they replayed that incident. There are protocols around that kind of thing after Christian Eriksen three years ago and we were very surprised that UIFA chose to play in that replay,. which is why we cut away immediately to a wide angle as soon as we could."