Three times Wimbledon winner Boris Becker got himself in a spot of bother today when trying to explain reports which claim that the 50-year-old used his association with the Central African Republic to receive diplomatic immunity against bankruptcy proceedings, the German was declared bankrupt in 2017.
Speaking to BBC's Sue Barker, Becker tried to explain the scenario:
I’m always in the papers. I was asked by the ambassador (of the Central African Republic) at the start of the year to help get the country back on its feet in a sporting sense.
I was honoured and I met the president in Brussels and Paris a number of times. They gave me official documentation, they gave me a passport and so I started my course.
Unfortunately the foreign ministry made some comments about it [being a] false passport.
So I asked the same questions because I’d like to help the country and I was asked by the president, I was asked by the ambassador, and I’m sure the president will find a solution very soon.
Martina Navratilova, who was standing beside Becker commented that "we just want diplomatic immunity from everything. No waiting in line at immigration," to which Becker responded with "that’s one thing my friends told me. You bastard, you have to stay in line!”
Host Sue Barker was quick to apologise for the inexactitude, but she shouldn't have, as the clip makes for very entertaining viewing:
— Greg James (@gregjames) July 2, 2018