The tragic news continues to come from the World Cup in Qatar, when yesterday (Monday) it was confirmed that Roger Pearce, the technical director of the ITV Sport channel, died already on November 21, during the broadcast of the match between Wales and the United States.
He is the third journalist to die during the World Cup, joining Grant Wahl and Qatari photojournalist Khalid Al-Mislam.
"We have very sad news to bring you here from Qatar," said presenter Mark Pugach.
"Our technical director Roger Pearce, who was here for his eighth World Cup, has sadly passed away. Roger was a highly respected figure in the sports broadcasting industry, for ITV he was instrumental in the logistical planning and coverage of the Rugby World Cup, Football World Cup and European Championship ", said the presenter, "He always had a smile on his face and left a smile on your face", he said and called Pierce "professional and extremely popular".
Roger Pearce, technical director of ITV, died during coverage of the #Qatar2022 World Cup.
informed that his death took place last November 21 on the eve of the party between the USA 🇺🇸 and Wales 🏴
las muertes de Grant Wahl and Khalid Al Misslam.
— Luis Omar Tapia (@LuisOmarTapia) December 13, 2022
The news became topical following news of two more deaths on Qatari soil.
Pearce, 65, began his career as an engineer at Grampian TV and worked at other ITV channels such as TVS and Meridian, before joining sports channel ITV full-time.
As Neil Stainsby, a BBC journalist and friend of Pearce's, explained, ITV's technical director was due to step down in about five weeks.
What is happening in Qatar?
Salió a la luz the death of a third journalist in tierras mundialistas
Infórmate: https://t.co/vdC8yTsqqd#RogerPearce #DEP #FIFAWorldCup #Qatar2022 #Qatar pic.twitter.com/19bWJBMx2j
— Plano Deportivo (@PlanoDeportivo) December 12, 2022
Meanwhile, the body of American sports journalist Grant Wahl was returned to the United States yesterday.
"We can confirm that this morning, Grant Wahl's remains and belongings have been returned to the United States," State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a news conference.
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