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Sport Phil Gould takes blame for ARLC Chairman Peter Beattie's embarrassing Cronulla Sharks gaffe

12:00  14 march  2018
12:00  14 march  2018 Source:

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Phil Gould has taken some of the blame for ARLC Chairman Peter Beattie’s embarrassing Cronulla Sharks gaffe during Channel Nine’s 100% Footy show on Monday night.

In a one-on-one interview, Gould asked Beattie – who has only been in the job a matter of weeks – which team plays out of the Sutherland Shire.

The new head honcho muffed his lines, saying: “I wouldn’t have a bloody clue, Gus.”

Speaking on his Six Tackles with Gus podcast on Wednesday, Gould said he felt the way he asked the question confused former Queensland Premier Beattie.

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“I just think he got confused,” Gould said.

“I somehow think it’s my fault because of the way I asked the question – asking about the Sutherland Shire – and he is from Queensland after all.

“He hasn’t lived here for all that long.

“I think he thought I was trying to trick him about some junior league team, because I’m sure he knows who the Cronulla Sharks are.”

Phil Gould wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Sportal com au Gould said he intended the question to poke fun at former ARLC Chairman John Grant, who famously referred to Cronulla as the Hawks in 2014.

Despite having significant experience speaking in public and answering tough questions as a life-long politician, Gould gave Beattie the benefit of the doubt that the moment overwhelmed him.

“Sometimes under the glare of TV lights, we’ve all made mistakes,” he said.

“I don’t think he really listened to the question.

“I think once I said Sutherland Shire he thought I don’t know what he’s talking about.”

Beattie was hammered on social media for the gaffe, later admitting that he froze up in front of the Panthers boss.

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

Yeah I’m human. I had a mental blank.

“The price of doing the NRL & the Commonwealth Games at the same time!!”

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