A Canadian Arsenal fan has apparently been fired from his $100,000 a year job for insulting a reporter and swearing profusely on TV, as reported by the Huffington Post.
City News reporter Shauna Hunt was conducting an interview following a Toronto FC game, when a man interrupted the broadcast by shouting: “F**k her right in the p*ssy”.
This is not uncommon in post match fan interviews nowadays, but while the man in question quickly disappeared into the crowd, there were a number of other fans who had clearly been in on the prank and were waiting to see her reaction.
Hunt put the interview on hold, instead turning to the men to ask why they felt the need to do what they did.
“I’m sick of this, I get this every single day — 10 times a day — by rude guys like you,” she said to one man, who appeared to be the ringleader.
“When you talk into my microphone and say that into my camera to viewers at the station where I work at, it’s disrespectful and degrading to me.”
Another fan sporting an Arsenal shirt then popped up on screen, attempting to justify the “F**k her right in the p*ssy” prank.
“I don’t care, it’s f**king hilarious,” he began.
“It’s f**king hilarious. We’re not the only people… It happened in England… You’re lucky there’s not a f**king vibrator in your ear like in England, because it happens all the time.”
Because of the nature of the video, we are unable to show it. You can however, watch the full clip here on YouTube.
The man in the Arsenal shirt was later identified as Shawn Simoes, and has allegedly been fired from his job at Hydo One, according to Toronto Sun reporter Jenny Yuen.
— Jenny Yuen (@SunReporterYuen) May 12, 2015
The Huffington post reports that Simoes was earning in excess of $100k per year with the company, but has now been let go.
He will no doubt regret his actions, but how he thought it was a good idea to say that kind of thing on TV in the first place is a mystery.
You have to know the power of the internet in this day and age, and voicing views like that on TV is bound to not only get you noticed, but to get you in trouble as well.
The only link Simoes has to Arsenal is the fact that he was wearing our kit, and owning an Arsenal shirt doesn’t necessarily make you a fan. Regardless though, he is being associated with Arsenal, and it doesn’t show us in a great light when our ‘fans’ do things like this.