Channel 9 slammed after ‘disrespectful’ act during State of Origin opening

Channel 9 stars have come under fire during the State of Origin broadcast after complaints of a serious blunder in the middle of the Welcome to Country.

Origin and controversy are famous friends and there was uproar again on Wednesday night from before the opening kick-off right up until the final siren.

Queensland secured a famous 18-14 win to grab a 1-0 series win, but not even Maroons great Cooper Cronk could ignore a chaotic final minute that left a sour taste in the mouth.

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But there was even more drama before kick-off as Channel 9 was slammed by fans and footy commentators for cutting away from the Welcome to Country and speaking over the top of the traditional presentation.

Former AFL star Tony Armstrong led the outcry after local elder Karl Telfer, a Kaurna man from the Adelaide Plains region, welcomed the State of Origin to the local area.

However as he finished his welcome and a traditional dance began to be performed while Telfer played a didgeridoo, Channel 9 host James Bracey began speaking over the top of the music and eventually cut away from the dance to an interview between Karl Stefanovic and Andrew Johns.

“The locals are certainly loving it here at the Adelaide Oval,” Bracey said over the top of the Welcome to Country.

“The atmosphere certainly is building and we are moments away from kick-off. Karl, you’re with Joey.”

Channel 9 commentators have been slammed for speaking over the welcome to country.

Channel 9 commentators have been slammed for speaking over the welcome to country.Source:Channel 9

It comes after the NRL also backflipped on its national anthem ban after several players last year refused to sing.

Armstrong couldn’t believe it when the Welcome to Country was snubbed.

“Channel 9 just started commentating over the Welcome to Country. Cool cool cool,” Armstrong wrote on Twitter.

“You won’t believe it. We made it to the end of the anthem.”

Fox Sports’ Adam Peacock also wrote: “Welcome to Country should be before Anthem with both teams out there”

Triple J reporter Avani Dias posted: “I clocked about 20 seconds of the Welcome to Country before they cut to the commentators. Interesting decision considering the anthem debacle”.

Fans on Twitter also described Nine’s decision as “disrespectful”, “rude”, “unbelievable” and “a total lack of respect”.






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