Greek sports commentator fired for shocking comment about South Korean athlete

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A Greek sports TV commentator was canned Tuesday after making a shocking on-air comment about the shape of a South Korean Olympic athlete’s eyes.

The remark by Dimosthenis Karmiris, in reference to table tennis player Jeoung Young-sik, were deemed racist by ERT television, who subsequently cut ties with the veteran journalist.

“Their eyes are narrow so I can’t understand how they can see the ball moving back and forth,” Karmiris said with a laugh when asked about the skill of South Korean table tennis players.

Karmiris made the comment after Young-sik defeated Panagiotis Gionis of Greece in men’s table tennis.

Later Tuesday, ERT announced the firing of Karmiris.

“Racist comments have no place on public television,” the network said in a statement.

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