John Motson, BBC Journalist Who Covered 10 World Cups, Dies

An undated photo of the late BBC sports commentator John Motson.
An undated photo of the late BBC sports commentator John Motson.
The Times

The legendary British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) commentator John Motson passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

Motson was one of the most successful sports commentators in the world, covering numerous tournaments, including the English Premier League and the FIFA World Cup.

BBC confirmed his demise, stating that he had an illustrious career. 

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“Rest in peace, John Motson. The legendary commentator, who had an illustrious 50-year career with the BBC, has died aged 77,” read part of the statement from the world’s most popular media house. 

The journalist who began his career as a freelancer before landing a permanent job at BBC covered 10 FIFA World Cups in his remarkable career.

As he was famously known, Motty also commented on over 2500 televised games.

In the 2006 FIFA World Cup edition held in Germany, Motson entered the record books when he became the only sports commentator to have covered six finals. 

According to BBC, Motson has left behind a wife and a son. 

His last match was a clash involving West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace in 2018.

BBC match of the day presenter Gary Lineker is among the hundreds of prominent sports personalities who have paid tribute to the fallen legend. 

“Deeply saddened to hear that John Motson has died. Quite a brilliant commentator and the voice of football in this country for generations.

“He’ll be very much missed. RIP Motty,” stated the former England player.

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