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Earle sacked for World Cup ticket violation

Published:Wednesday | June 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

LONDON (AP):

Former Jamaica footballer Robbie Earle has been fired as a World Cup commentator for British TV station ITV after violating FIFA's ticket regulations at the tournament in South Africa.

According to the broadcaster, tickets allocated to Earle for Monday's game between Denmark and the Netherlands were used for "unauthorised purposes" and were passed on to third parties.

ITV said Tuesday that "a substantial number of tickets allocated to Robbie Earle for family and friends have been passed to a third party in breach of FIFA rules," and that Earle's contract "has been terminated with immediate effect".

Earle, who is also an ambassador for England's 2018 World Cup bid, said: "Call me naive, but I didn't think I was doing anything wrong."