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Jim Beglin Issues Statement Over 'Emptyhad' Remark

Jim Beglin Issues Statement Over 'Emptyhad' Remark
By Donny Mahoney Updated

Former Ireland international Jim Beglin has released a statement on Twitter this afternoon after accidentally referring to Manchester City's stadium as the "Emptyhad" today.

Beglin was performing his usual co-commentary duties alongside Peter Drury at the Etihad Stadium, as Man City hosted Chelsea.
The comment was made in the 35th minute of the match, just as Phil Foden tried to inspire a Man City opener.
Beglin said:

'You can hear the annoyance around the Emptyhad because...the Etihad because...'

The comment was picked up by people watching at home and a clip of the comment was shared widely.
After the match, Beglin tweeted the following.

He wrote:
"I have the greatest respect for Manchester City Football Club. In no way was my verbal error today intended to cause City fans any offence."
It's a pretty innocent mistake at the end of the day. Beglin made 98 appearances for Liverpool in his career across all competitions and remains one of football's best co-commentators.
Man City have had an average home attendance of 52,552 this season, though the club is often criticised by opposing supporters for failing to fill their stadium.
The home side beat Chelsea today 1-0, thanks to a stunning goal from Kevin De Bruyne.
"It was a big game, and they came here with a good plan, they were tight defensively, but we played a good game," De Bruyne told Man City's website..

"It’s nice to to score, it was important as it was the only one. We knew if we won, we would make the gap bigger.

"We have been in this situation before, things can change and momentum can change. The team was focused on what we could do today.

(In terms of the goal) I got away from N'Golo Kante at the right time, I was looking at the space and they were dropping off, I found the angle and it worked perfectly.

"It’s always difficult against them they are tight defensively, know what they are doing and you have to be patient. We played the game we needed to play and did what we had to do.

"They can be very dangerous, it was a very hard game, people on both sides coming back from COVID and not much training."

City are now 13 points clear atop the Premier League.

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