Jonathan Pearce had a tough broadcast in France's World Cup match with Honduras.
The generally over-excitable former Robot Wars commentator seemed to fail to grasp the concept of goal-line technology, repeatedly declaring France's second goal 'controversial' and completely misunderstanding the replay, saying something to the effect of: "First they're saying it's not a goal, then they're saying it's crossed the line. Which is it?"
Oh, and then he proceeded to incorrectly label a ball that hit the side netting as a goal. Needless to say, Twitter had a field day.
Here are some of our favourite tweets.
Idea for show: Jonathan Pearce Is Confused By Things. "I put the bread into the machine and now it's warm. How? Is it the same bread?"— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewitt) June 15, 2014
We'd watch that show.
Jonathan Pearce witnessing birth: "It wasn't quite out of the womb & then it was! Do we have a baby or not?! I don't know what to believe!"— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 15, 2014
We'd prefer to not watch that show.
Next week Jonathan Pierce ponders how it can be the same sun when it's much hotter in Brazil than in Great Britain.— Steve Day (@TheRealSteveDay) June 15, 2014
Explain that, scientists.
Sky+ must absolutely baffle Jonathan Pearce. 'What do you mean I can record and rewind live TV?'— Ben McAleer (@BenMcAleer1) June 15, 2014
You can do what now?
Maybe Pearce is just some clever ploy by the BBC to make Phil Neville seem ok— Doron Salomon (@DoronSalomon) June 15, 2014
You know, that would explain a lot.
JONATHAN PEARCE pic.twitter.com/4QZCRs822m— Rob B. (@_Rob_B) June 15, 2014
Worst display by a Pearce at the World Cup since the penalty shootout against West Germany in 1990.— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) June 15, 2014
And we thought we'd repressed that...
Jonathan Pearce's grasp of technology clearly stopped after Robot Wars.— John Verrall (@JohnVerrall) June 15, 2014
Well who could blame him? He's had a sneak peak of the robot apocolypse.
I haven't heard Jonathan Pearce kick off this much since Hypnodisc got booted off robot wars for using performance-enhancing diesel.— Not Match of the Day (@NOT_MOTD) June 15, 2014
A sad day for robot fighters everywhere.
The year is 3028, robot monkeys control planet Earth. Jonathan Pearce is telling people that France's second goal was controversial.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) June 15, 2014
Seriously though, he wouldn't stop talking about it!
But enough about Pearce. Richard Keys also said something stupid:
Update, June 17, 8:30 p.m. Astonishingly, Pearce doesn't seem to accepted that he simply made a mistake in the midst of the live action, reliving the incident on his return to commentary during Brazil vs. Mexico.
Rather than drop the matter altogether, or simply accept he misunderstood in the heat of the moment, Pearce was referring to the "mix-up" on BBC duty:
Jonathan Pearce still confused about goal line tech. It's not difficult mate. It really isn't— United Rant (@unitedrant) June 17, 2014
Haha Jonathan Pearce still not letting that goal thing from France game go guy must love getting grief everybody got it but him!!— martin compston (@martin_compston) June 17, 2014
And that is why "Jonathan Pearce still" began trending on Twitter. Let it go...