Melbourne Victory’s Keisuke Honda apologised for his mispronunciation of the word ‘fact’ at a press conference, which sounded like ‘f***ed’.
Speaking to journalists alongside the Australian A-League team’s head coach, former Wolves hard man Kevin Muscat, Honda said:
I have to take care of myself. It’s bad but it’s real. It’s fact.
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There is then a shocked silence around the room as those present wonder if they heard him correctly, before Muscat clarifies what his player meant to say.
Former AC Milan midfielder Honda, who has scored 37 goals in 98 appearance for Japan and played at three World Cups, then said:
Sorry, my pronunciation is maybe bad.
Muscat, who also played for Crystal Palace, Rangers and Millwall, assures Honda that he understood him but felt moved to address the uncertainty of others.
There is audible amusement from the assembled media, who were gathered ahead of Melbourne Victory’s 1-2 defeat to Perth Glory at AAMI Park last Sunday.
As well as playing for Victory, 32-year-old Honda is also currently the general manager of the Cambodia national team.
I will study English harder… anyway thank you FOX sports for a great opportunity to improve my English.
— KeisukeHonda(本田圭佑) (@kskgroup2017) February 8, 2019