Sony SIX, the official broadcaster of the World Cup in India, opened their coverage with pre-match show "Cafe Rio" with two footballers and Bollywood actor John Abraham as experts.
The show was hosted by Gaurav Kapoor, who is the regular anchor for Indian Premier League (IPL) pre-game shows on the same channel. He was joined by MTV India's VJ Gaelyn Mendonca. However, the discussion on the show draw criticism from fans through Twitter.
The football experts on the show were England's Peter Crouch and Frenchman Mikael Silvestre.
'Cafe Rio' started at 11 PM IST on Thursday (June 12), 30 minutes ahead of the Opening Ceremony in Sao Paulo. Brazil-Croatia match began at 1.30 AM IST.
"Still reeling from that horrendous pre show last night. Scarred me for life," wrote one of the fans about 'Cafe Rio'. On Twitter #CafeRio was still trending Friday morning.
Here are some of the tweets aimed at 'Cafe Rio' and its hosts
Can we please just show the games live and get rid of #CafeRio ..plan to switch on only when game is on— Dalvir Sira (@dalvirsira) June 13, 2014
need experts with cutthroat opinions.hence EX PLAYERS.Not Crouch who's still a player & can't be honest with his 'expert' comments #CafeRio— Abir Chakraborty (@tomarabir) June 13, 2014
I can't take the pre game studio "analysis" from gaurav, peter and John for one month. #CafeRio— Arun Sarode (@asarode) June 13, 2014
They should have done lots of Homework.... Else boarded some real experts on football... Not pleased with #CafeRio— Vijay (@Vijaycbe) June 13, 2014
This pre-show will ensure that everybody falls asleep before 1.30 am.— Moulin (@Moulinparikh) June 12, 2014
Cafe Rio is a conspiracy to ensure Indians stop watching football and stick to cricket.— Nimish Dubey (@nimishdubey) June 12, 2014
Dear Sony Six. This is football world cup and not ur domestic t20 tournament. Chalo bulawa aaya hai to wrap ur pre-show and go home.— Devendra (@pdevendra) June 12, 2014
Sony Six preview show is pathetic...gaurav kapoor and his boring jokes are only good for IPL not football World Cup! #WorldCup2014— Harish Kotian (@harishkotian) June 12, 2014