At the World Cup, you’d expect to hear a whole range of names from around the globe.

From the likes of Coutinho, to Pouraliganji, or Hasebe, you’ve likely heard commentators try to nail these pronunciations, because getting names right is an important sign of respect.

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That, for some reason, has become the source of derision for certain Australian viewers, who were angrily tweeting because SBS TV presenter Lucy Zelić was pronouncing the names of players and coaches correctly. That’s right, correctly.

The online complaints over the weekend ranged from people thinking that Zelić was “overpronouncing” names, and that she was putting on an accent. Read more…

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