We're scarely four days in the World Cup and already it seems like we've watched a thousand hours of pundits debating refereeing decisions and Slaven Bilic has frankly had enough. The former Croatia manager was on ITV's four man panel last night for the Brazil v Switzerland draw and when the discussion came to whether or not Steven Zubar had fouled Miranda before he headed home the Swiss equaliser, Bilic tapped out.
Both Ian Wright and Gary Neville felt that had Zubar's goal been analysed by VAR it would have been disallowed, before Mark Pougatch turned to Bilic and asked 'So we have foul, foul [referring to Wright and Neville], Slaven?' Bilic gave a mealy-mouthed reply about how he could see why both managers would plead their case but Pougatch pushed him to come down on one side of the fence, saying 'You're sounding very neutral Slaven.'
At this point Slaven had enough of pretending to be interested: 'To be fair, I don't care.' Cue howls of laughter from the rest of the lads on the panel.
— ?️lex Kunawicz (@alexkunawicz) June 17, 2018
I think we can all feel his pain at yet another refereeing debate. 'I'm not getting angry, why should I? I'd rather talk about Coutinho's goal,' he continued. Pougatch defended the chat, saying 'It's just an interesting point of protocol' - to which Bilic simply responded with 'Whatever.'
The reaction on Twitter showed that his view was similar to many watching at home.
Slaven Bilic having no time for shit English punditry is my favourite thing about the World Cup so far.
— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) June 15, 2018
‘To be fair, I don’t care.’ Slaven Bilic saying the thing all pundits have wanted to say for fifty years
— Elis James (@elisjames) June 17, 2018
Slaven Bilic saying he doesn't care about refereeing decisions and would rather talk about the game, he's great.
— Grace Robertson 🏳️⚧️ (@GraceOnFootball) June 17, 2018
Slaven Bilic is great. 'He doesn't care' if it was a foul or not for the Switzerland goal.
Perhaps he's as tired as I am when it comes to the endless debate about decisions in post-match analysis.
Enlighten me about the game; I don't care if an ex-player thinks it's a foul!
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) June 17, 2018
Biggest shock of the World Cup so far? Bilic made Roy Keane crack a smile 😳
— Mark Cocks (@Cocksy81) June 17, 2018
You can watch the full clip here.