RÚV Apologises For Nazi Comment - The Reykjavik Grapevine

RÚV Apologises For Nazi Comment

Published January 20, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Hörður Sveinsson/DV
RÚV has sent an official apology to the Austrian Handball Association regarding the Nazi comment made by Björn Bragi Arnarson during a European championship game this weekend. Unfortunately, the email contained a number of grammar and spelling errors, reports DV.
Björn Bragi Arnarson has also apologised for saying the Icelandic national team were like Nazis slaughtering Austrians in 1938.
The comment has caused outrage in Austrian and German media. The Austrian Handball Association is investigating the issue and reserve the right to take legal action.
Vilhjálmur Þorsteinsson, posted a proofread version of the letter with 10 errors marked in red. You can read his version on DV.
Alternatively, you can read through the letter here and see if you can spot all the errors yourself.

“Dear Mr. Gerhard Hofbauer, President and Mr. Martin Hausleitner, General Secretary,
I am writing to you with regards to the very unfortunate, insulting and distasteful remarks one of our sports caster made during half time of our live broadcasting of the EM 2014 handball game between the national team of Iceland and Austria on January 18th 2014.
I want to assure you that this incident is being taken extremely seriously and dealt with it in the appropriate manner.
The sports caster in question instantly realised the error of his ways and apologized immediately after the game during the live broadcasting. An official apology from the presenter and on behalf of RUV has also been issued here in Iceland.
Most importantly though I personally and behalf of RUV and the sports caster send you and the Austrian Handball Federation a formal and sincere apology. I do hope that you will be able to accept this apology. Austria, Austrians and the Austrian Handball Federation are held in high regards in Iceland and we consider you our friends and allies. I do hope this unfortunate incident will not do any harm to this friendship.”

 

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