An umpire has been knocked out after an accidental on-field collision during Fremantle’s match against Essendon.
So, it turns out Orazio Fantasia isn’t “Fan-taej-ya” after all.
The livewire Bombers forward actually came out last year to reveal his surname was pronounced “Fan-ta-see-ah”, but it wasn’t until his skipper Dyson Heppell reaffirmed the point that Channel 7’s commentary team changed how they called his name.
All of Channel 7’s commentary team that is, except for one Brian Taylor.
The man known as ‘BT’ attracted significant controversy in the days after the match after stunningly announcing he’d refuse to adopt the correct pronunciation, on the grounds that “We don’t pronounce Italian names in Australia in the full Italian way.”
We had a chat to GWS Giants utility Dylan Buckley (who also hosts a great podcast of his own called Dyl and Friends) on Game of Codes to find out how players feel about getting names right.
Buckley also spoke to us about why he feels players are more comfortable talking to other players – as opposed to reporters – as well as his chance meeting with legendary Aussie cricketers Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon.
Listen to the discussion: