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Fox Sports Australia sorry for using Hitler image during rugby highlights

Television host called the New South Wales state Jewish Board of Deputies to apologise and planned to also say sorry on the air during his next programme on Thursday

Cardboard cutout of Adolf Hitler pictured at the NRL game (Twitter)
Cardboard cutout of Adolf Hitler pictured at the NRL game (Twitter)

A sports broadcaster in Australia has apologised for using an image of Adolf Hitler while showing highlights of a National Rugby League (NRL) game.

Fox Sports Australia issued an apology, saying it was concerned about a digitally manipulated image shown during the Sunday Night With Matty Johns programme.

A superimposed black-and-white image of Hitler was shown during a segment that focused on the cardboard cutouts that are being used on some seats in stadiums.

No spectators are allowed to attend NRL matches during the coronavirus pandemic.

There was no image of Hitler at the stadium during the game.

The apologies followed public complaints, including criticism posted on Twitter from Executive Council of Australian Jewry co-chief executive Alex Ryvchin about the “casualisation of Hitler, Nazis, and by extension their crimes”.

Mr Johns said he called the New South Wales state Jewish Board of Deputies to apologise and planned to apologise on the air during his next TV programme on Thursday.

“The segment … was in poor taste and completely inappropriate,” Mr Johns, a former top-flight player and now commentator, said in a statement.

“I acknowledge it was wrong and I apologise to our viewers and to everyone in the community who is rightly concerned and offended by the segment.”

Fox Sports Australia said it was reviewing the circumstances and “examining the action we need to ensure those involved understand it is not acceptable”.

It added: “We sincerely apologise for the offence the image has caused.”

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