Geoff Shreeves recalls 'awful' post-match interview with Ivanovic

‘I am the man who shot Bambi live on television’: Geoff Shreeves recalls ‘awful’ moment he told Chelsea Defender Branislav Ivanovic that he would miss the Champions League final during post match interview that went viral

  • Geoff Shreeves conducted an awkward interview with Ivanovic back in 2012
  • Shreeves told Ivanovic he would be banned from the Champions League final
  • Ivanovic had picked up a yellow card in Chelsea’s semi-final against Barcelona
  • He did not realise that would rule him out of the final against Bayern Munich
  • Shreeves broke to news to him live on TV and Ivanovic looked devastated
  • Shreeves referred to himself as the ‘man who shot Bambi live on television’ 

Geoff Shreeves referred to himself as the ‘man who shot Bambi live on television’ when he recalled the awkward interview he conducted with Branislav Ivanovic in 2012.

The Sky Sports reporter interviewed Ivanovic following Chelsea’s thrilling 3-2 aggregate win over Barcelona in their 2011-2012 Champions League semi-final at the Nou Camp.  

Ivanovic was delighted with the result during his post match interview but fell flat when he realised he would be banned for the final after picking up a yellow card during their clash with Barcelona. 

Geoff Shreeves conducted an awkward interview with Branislav Ivanovic back in 2012

Ivanovic was booked during Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final with Barcelona. He was shown a yellow card straight after the penalty and missed the final against Bayern Munich as a result.  

However, Ivanovic was not aware of his situation after the game and had to be told by Shreeves. The encounter was as uncomfortable as it sounds!

Recalling the incident, Shreeves said he felt like he had ‘shot Bambi live on television’ and admitted to wincing any time some one brought Ivanovic’s name up after it.      

Speaking on That Peter Crouch Podcast, Shreeves he said: ‘It’s funny though. I have done countless trophy lifts, FA Cup, League Cup, fantastic England moments and all of those things but the ones people always remember are the ones that don’t go according to plan. 

Ivanovic was delighted in his post-match interview after Chelsea’s thrilling 3-2 aggregate win over Barcelona in their 2011-2012 Champions League semi-final

‘For many years, if someone said the word Ivanovic I go ‘ooo’. I am basically the man who shot Bambi live on Television. 

‘There is a golden rule in TV that you should never make the viewer feel uncomfortable and trust me, they were behind the sofa with cushions after that. 

‘But, the strange thing is. When I explain it in full, it was the perfect storm. We didn’t know if he had been booked. He thought he had been booked but he wasn’t sure. 

‘Madly, Roberto di Matteo – who was the manager at the time – didn’t remind the players who were on yellows that they were as he wanted them to be fully committed. So, in his head he still thinks he is playing. 

‘Therefore, when I said you know you’re playing in the final, he looked totally confused. So, now I have to tell him, no you’re not playing. You’re not getting this. 

‘It was just awful. Could I have done it better? Of course I could have. But, hindsight is a wonderful gift.’  

Shreeves told Ivanovic he would be banned for the final against Bayern Munich after picking up a yellow card during their clash with Barcelona

The Chelsea defender seemed confused and fell flat after Shreeves broke the news to him

Speaking about the incident previously with The Times, Ivanovic said: ‘Honestly, I was in shock about the whole situation. 

‘Our coaching staff and Roberto Di Matteo [the manager] did not tell us before the game who was in the danger zone. When I got booked, after the game I was only thinking about the final.  

‘When Geoff surprised me, I wasn’t even thinking in my head about the final, I was celebrating the semi-final and a big victory. I looked strange in that moment. Even when I got into the dressing room I was celebrating and happy.

‘I realised probably on the bus when I calmed down and found out. I looked on my phone and I found I couldn’t play in the final. But I don’t have any problem with Geoff, I spoke with him and it was all right, I was fine.’

To which Shreeves responded on Twitter by saying: “The only verdict that matters is in. I am INNOCENT!’. 

Chelsea went on to beat Bayern Munich in the 2011-2012 Champions League final on penalties, while Ivanovic forced watched on from the sidelines. 




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