BT Sport presenter Des Kelly asks Ilkay Gundogan for an autograph live on TV after Manchester beat Inter Milan to win the Champions League and secure the treble
- BT Sport presenter Des Kelly asked Ilkay Gundogan for an autograph live on TV
- He pulled off his media armband and asked if Gundogan would sign it for him
- Fans have taken to social media to criticise Kelly, 58, for being unprofessional
- RELIVE the action with Mail Sport’s live blog for the Champions League final
BT Sport presenter Des Kelly asked Ilkay Gundogan for an autograph live on TV after Manchester City beat Inter Milan to win the Champions League.
Man City beat Inter 1-0 in the final thanks to Rodri’s strike in the 68th minute of the game at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.
Kelly caught up with Gundogan shortly after he lifted the trophy and discussed the match as the players made their way around the edge of the pitch for a victory lap.
The BT Sport presenter asked Gundogan several questions before pulling off his media armband and reaching into his pocket for a pen at the end of the interview.
The Manchester City captain looked somewhat confused before Kelly asked if he could sign his armband to silence the Twitter critics.
BT Sport presenter Des Kelly asked Ilkay Gundogan (above) for an autograph live on TV
The incident took place shortly after Gundogan lifted the Champions League trophy
Man City beat Inter 1-0 in the final thanks to Rodri’s strike in the 68th minute of the game
Kelly smiled at Gundogan and said: ‘Could you sign this armband? ‘Because I’m getting an enormous amount of stick on Twitter for wearing it.’
He went on to add: ‘I have to wear that to get on the pitch but everyone thinks I’m the new John Terry or something.’
Gundogan couldn’t help but laugh before taking the pen and signing the armband. Kelly was delighted and said: ‘This is a memento that I’ll keep forever.’
However, fans weren’t quite as accepting as Gundogan. They took to social media to criticise the BT Sport presenter.
One fan wrote: ‘Des Kelly asking for an autograph in the middle of an interview is pure cringe. You’re a professional on live television, just do your job.’
Another one added: ‘Des Kelly asking for an autograph live on television is so embarrassing and, dare I say, unprofessional.’
While one fan wrote: ‘Another abysmal performance from BT Sport. Jake Humphrey admitting live on air they’ve paid Balotelli thousands, Rio saying ‘good luck’ to Grealish after winning the treble & now Des Kelly getting an autograph live on air.
‘Fans deserve better football coverage.’
Another said: ‘Des Kelly just asked for an autograph on air. We should be stripping BT of all sports rights immediately.’
However, Kelly took to Twitter shortly after to reveal the armband would be auctioned online for Royal National College For The Blind.
He said: ‘The armband kindly signed by Man City’s Treble-winning captain İlkay Gundogan on TV tonight is to auctioned online for Royal National College For The Blind. Details to follow soon.’
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