RTE soccer pundit Ray Houghton had to leave his punditry post at the World Cup in Brazil due to a health scare. It is understood that Houghton returned home last night because of the unknown illness.
Viewers were confused by Houghton's absence from the commentary panel from the Netherlands' quarter final clash against Costa Rica on Saturday night. George Hamilton had to commentate all two hours and five minutes of the match on his own.
Neither Hamilton nor the punditry panel in Dublin mentioned why their colleague was missing for the broadcast.
Houghton, who celebrated the 20th anniversary of his famous screamer against Italy at USA 94 is expected to return home to Britain at some stage today.
A replacement commentator will be organised for the remaining matches so that Hamilton will no longer have to fly solo in the booth.
Hat tip: Irish Independent