In an unorthodox and unscripted piece of drama during the BBC’s Confederations Cup broadcast last night, Gus Poyet was informed that he is not the father of his own son.
“I think the BBC have a great story forever, because a manager getting information that he is not the father of his child by the BBC is quite surprising,” said the former Chelsea midfielder.
Poyet has been relieved of his duties as a parent, and forfeits all legal rights that ordinarily pertain to guardians, after an internal investigation and identity test by the spouse of the former Copa America winner.
The Uruguayan, part of the BBC’s Confederations Cup team, was informed that his tenure had come to an end only when a member of the broadcaster’s on-air team, themselves informed by an email sent to the production team’s office, broke the news to him when on air this Sunday evening.
“I need to read everything first, but I’m saying I will appeal whatever they say in the email – I know myself, and I want to make sure everything is clear and whatever step (sic) I need to make I will make in the future.”
Poyet’s son, Diego, born in May 1995, is currently on the books of the academy at Charlton Athletic. He is eligible to play for Spain, by birth, as he was born there during Poyet’s time spent playing for Real Zaragoza.
He had formerly been eligible to represent Uruguay thanks to his father’s nationality, though this is no longer the case.
Poyet had previously resisted the opportunity to discuss any developments in his private life on a previous punditry appearance at the Confederations Cup, citing ‘legal issues’.
The former Spurs star had also been prohibited from speaking with any members of his family.
He said: “I hope that after reading the statement that I will be able to talk to them.
“It’s something that’s been really sad because they gave me so much, they made me so proud and not being able to answer a phone call, answer a text, or even an email for legal reasons is quite unusual. So I would like now, if I get the permission, for them to hear from me.”
In other news, it was revealed that Poyet had been sacked as manager Brighton and Hove Albion FC, following an internal investigation.
Brighton are believed to have lined up the former Maccabi Tel Aviv manager Oscar García as Poyet’s replacement.