Fans criticize ZDF commentator Béla Réthy: "Biggest reason not to watch the World Cup"
Created: 11/21/2022, 2:48 p.m
By: Alexander Kaindl
There were heated discussions on Twitter during the first game of the 2022 World Cup.
In the spotlight: ZDF commentator Béla Réthy.
Munich – The 2022 World Cup is on.
After the long wait, the most talked about sporting event of all time has finally started.
The football fans had a lot to talk about right at the start of the tournament, as reported
In focus: ZDF commentator Béla Réthy.
Born: December 14, 1956 (Age: 65 years old), Vienna, Austria
Children: Laura Réthy, Paul Réthy
Fans freak out because of ZDF commentator Béla Réthy: "Biggest reason not to watch the World Cup"
The 65-year-old is one of the best-known sports journalists in Germany and has been with ZDF since 1987.
It goes without saying that he comments on the big games when they are on in the second.
Réthy first accompanied the much-discussed opening ceremony, then the spectators heard the native of Vienna at the opening game (Qatar against Ecuador).
If you go by the opinions on Twitter, this fact appealed to very few.
The football fans commented badly on the journalistic achievements of the commentator.
A number of them were well below the belt - our editors summarize the even more harmless reactions here.
World Cup 2022: Twitter fans criticize Béla Réthy hard - selected comments
"The biggest reason not to watch the World Cup is still Bela Rethy."
"Great move from ZDF.
Bela Rethy for the opening game.
Maybe even fewer people look in.”
"Béla Réthy is spoiling this football festival for me."
"And everyone who is secretly watching will be punished immediately with Béla Réthy."
"Boycott the World Cup, not because of Qatar and exploitation, but because of Bela Rethy."
"Béla Réthy as a commentator is also somehow a violation of human rights."
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Striking: Réthy repeatedly tried to strike a critical note on socio-political issues relating to the World Cup.
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Réthy received praise for this.
Among other things, it said on Twitter: "As is well known, there are no receipts for bribes" - Béla Réthy.
I like him for that" or "Yes, I'll watch the opening ceremony.
Because I'm interested in how ZDF comments on it.
And I must say respect Béla Réthy.
With a very fine blade against Qatar.
I wouldn't have thought so." Commentator colleague Uli Hebe even tweeted: "Béla Réthy is a damn legend.
And that's not the start of a discussion."
ZDF commentator Béla Réthy was heavily criticized for the World Cup opening game.
© Jan Huebner / Imago
World Cup 2022: Many discussions about the World Cup
Either way: The World Cup is causing discussions that have rarely been there.
Watch all games, only watch part of them or boycott them completely?
Here, too, the Germans do not agree.
survey revealed a mixed picture of society.
The debates will continue in the coming weeks.
Probably also when Béla Réthy is back at the microphone.