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Beattie makes another sporting gaffe

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 16/04/2018 Stuart Honeysett

Commonwealth Games and ARLC chairman Peter Beattie has been caught in another embarrassing sporting gaffe after referring to a young fan wearing a Barcelona top as a Newcastle Knights supporter.

The incident happened on Today after Beattie appeared to apologise for the decision to omit the athletes from the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.

After grilling Beattie, Today host Karl Stefanovic noticed a young fan standing behind Beattie who had been trying to get into the shot from the Gold Coast.

“There’s a kid over your left shoulder who’s dying to get on the TV,” Stefanovic said.

“He’s been trying to get on the TV since this interview started, would you mind calling him over?”

Beattie turned around and waved the boy over saying, “Come on, come and say hello. Karl wants to say hello to you.

“Obviously a Knights supporter.”

Stefanovic cut back in and said, “It looks like the Knights but I think it’s a soccer team, Barcelona. Peter Beattie is on top of sports, let me tell you!”

Oblivious to the gaffe Beattie wheeled around and said, “Say hello Karl. He said, “Hello Karl.” He likes you” before saying “Take care champ” heading off.

Stefanovic thanked him and quipped, “The Newcastle Knights are doing very well in the European League this year.”

It’s the second time in as many months that Beattie’s sporting knowledge has been caught out after he was unable to name the Cronulla Sharks on 100% Footy.

Peter Beattie.: Commonwealth Games and ARLC chairman Peter Beattie made another sporting gaffe on Today. © Nine Commonwealth Games and ARLC chairman Peter Beattie made another sporting gaffe on Today. Beattie was appearing on the first episode of the program after replacing John Grant as chairman when Phil Gould elected to put his rugby league knowledge to the test.

"The team that plays out of the Sutherland Shire - is it the Cronulla Hawks, the Cronulla Seagulls or the Cronulla Sharks?"

In an embarrassing faux pas, Beattie stumbled over his answer and seemed unable to name the 2016 premiers.

“I’ll be honest, I wouldn't have a bloody clue but I’ll know next week,” Beattie said.

“It’s got to be Cronulla of some kind.

“It’s too bloody hard Gus, that's too difficult.”

The gaffe was made even worse after Beattie later apologised on social media, accompanied by a picture of him with the Sharks coach Shane Flanagan.

“Yes I stuffed up the answer; just nervous in front of the great Phil Gould,” Beattie tweeted.

"Yeah I'm human. I had a mental blank. The price of doing the NRL & the Commonwealth Games at the same time !! Thanks Gus for having me on the show."

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