Duncan Garner calls out ‘thuggish’ behaviour in live cross to England

The AM Show 12/07/2018

Things turned sour quickly for a Newshub correspondent as England's Football World Cup hopes ended with a 2-1 loss to Croatia in the semi-finals on Thursday.

Assigned to cover the reaction at a London pub, Lloyd Burr and his camera crew were a popular addition to the occasion, with England holding an early 1-0 lead.

What a bunch of thugs.

But as the game progressed and the Croatians took control, the mood changed dramatically. With the final whistle imminent, a disgruntled patron tossed a beer in Burr’s face as he crossed live to The AM Show.

"It's gone from jubilation to frustration, then anticipation... now it has turned to anger," Burr said as he wiped the beer from his face.

"The English fans are very angry and the ref is just about to blow this final whistle - it is Croatia's game, I believe."

The patron made another lunge at Burr, but was eventually restrained from any further intrusion.

"Hey mate, be dignified," implored Burr.

The AM Show host Duncan Garner expressed concern for the safety of his colleague amid the post-game temperament.

"Can someone in England get around Lloyd and look after him," he said. "What a bunch of thugs."

Newshub head of broadcast news Richard Sutherland echoed Garner’s concerns.

"Mediaworks treats any attack on our staff extremely seriously," said Sutherland. "Lloyd and camera operator Simon Morrow handled themselves with the utmost professionalism, and continued to broadcast during a very trying situation.

"Everyone here is relieved that they are okay and it's a tribute to them that they carried on working as if nothing had happened. However it's unacceptable that reporting staff attempting to carry out their professional duties should be exposed to such thuggish behaviour.

"Anyone who decides to engage in a criminal assault because they're upset about the result of a sporting fixture needs to take a long hard look at themselves and perhaps reconsider their life choices."

Watch the live cross to Lloyd Burr above.

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