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Fox Sports host dons Bermuda jersey

Top fan: Fernando Fiore, the Fox Sports presenter, wore the Bermuda football jersey during a broadcast last week

One of the most popular sports broadcasters in the Spanish-speaking world has worn Bermuda’s distinctive pink national football shirt during his Fox Sports TV show.

Argentine-born Fernando Fiore, cohost of the programme and known as “El Presidente”, said: “I was watching the Women’s World Cup and I liked the pink jersey from the Scottish women’s team.

“I said that I liked it then I said that Bermuda men’s team jersey was similar.”

Mr Fiore said that colleagues from Score Sports saw the broadcast and a Bermuda shirt, like the ones worn by the island’s Concacaf Gold Cup squad last month, arrived a few days later.

He added: “I have a huge collection of soccer jerseys ... more than 400 including jerseys signed by Maradona, Pelé, Messi and many more.

“Now I’m proud to have Bermuda’s. I love it.”

He sported the shirt as part of his Goal Celebration Charades segment on Fox Soccer Tonight last Wednesday.

Mr Fiore re-enacted classic Women’s World Cup goal celebrations and other members of the Fox Soccer Tonight team had to guess the occasion, including Maurice Edu, the former forward for Rangers, of the Scottish Premiership.

Mr Fiore pulled off the Bermuda shirt and swung it around his head like US player Brandi Chastain in 1999, who bared her sports bra after she scored the penalty that clinched a US victory in the World Cup final.

Mr Fiore said he was proud of the Bermuda team’s performance in the Gold Cup, the first time the island has qualified for the tournament.

He added: “I’m very proud ... it was a great victory over Nicaragua, it was really good.

“First, two close games with more experienced teams like Costa Rica and Haiti, and then the first victory against Nicaragua ... good run.”

He added he had visited Bermuda in 1990 after Argentina were beaten in the World Cup final by what was then West Germany and that he would like to return.

Mr Fiore said: “After Argentina lost the final of the World Cup I was really mad and I didn’t want to talk about soccer with anyone, so I went on vacation to Bermuda for five days.

“It was a great vacation. I remember I rented a scooter and had a great time in and around Hamilton. I would love to go back soon — 30 years is a long time.”

Mr Fiore, a two-times Emmy award winner, is known for his work at Univision with Sofia Vergara, a Colombian-American actress and model.

He is also a spokesman for brands such as Coca-Cola and telecoms firm AT&T and was the host of US Spanish-speaking sports show Republica Deportiva for 15 years. Mr Fiore was voted Favourite Soccer Personality for US Hispanics in a poll in 2014.

To watch Fernando Fiore in the shirt, visit https://www.instagram.com/p/BzX06LvACba/ and https://www.foxsports.com/soccer/video/1560912963517