Sky Sports forced to apologise after commentator uses outrageous language early in the morning

England v South Africa - 2nd Investec Test: Day Three

Sky Sports host David Fulton has been forced to issue an apology after commentator and former South African captain Graeme Smith used the word 'b******ing' twice on the country's main sports broadcaster at 9.12am.

The rant came when South African off-spinner Keshav Maharaj came into bat at number 10, and with AB de Villiers having just brought up his century at the other end.

Maharaj slog-swept a full ball, and he appeared to have been caught on the boundary by Usman Khawaja, however, luckily for Maharaj, replays showed that Khawaja had stepped over the boundary rope without releasing the ball, allowing the South African to return to the crease.

Smith then proceeded to rip into the South African, using foul language in the process.

"Maharaj will be getting a b******ing for that from AB de Villiers.

"He's got away with it but he'll still be getting a b******ing."

The comments did not come directly from Sky Sports, but came through the commentary feed from SuperSport in South Africa. 

This outburst from Smith led to an apology from Sky, however, viewers seemed to have his back on Twitter.

Twitter comments include: "Glorious, unexpected, repeated use of the word 'b******ing' by Graeme Smith on the cricket commentary this morning."

England v South Africa - 2nd Investec Test: Day Three

Another fan said: "Not sure what’s better-AB’s batting or Graeme Smith using the term ‘b******ing’ on live tv #SAvAUS."

"Why apologise Graeme Smith is absolutely right he deserved the mother of all b*****ings for that stupidity," said another.

And, another one tweeted: "Will @GraemeSmith49 get a b******ing for using the word b******ing on TV at 0912hrs UK time?"

Although this was took well by some of the fans watching the game, surely it is unacceptable to use this language so early in the morning, when there is a likelihood that children will be watching all around the country.

If words like these are used more and more frequently, then they will become the norm, and standards will drop for live television.

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