Nine Entertainment boss David Gyngell has defended the commentary team for the State of Origin, who have been accused of bias in the last broadcast.
Queensland media note Andrew Johns and Phil Gould having unashamedly “cheered” for the Blues in their 18-8 win over the Maroons in Sydney on June 15.
NRL devotee Gyngell, who is head of the “Blues Brothers” supporter group, contributes about $30,000 to the NSW team each year.
“Yes, I’m happy to put my hand up as a Blues supporter – but just one of many,” he tells News Limited.
“Always have been, always will be, just like everyone born and bred in Queensland is so passionate about the Maroons.
He says he makes no apology for taking sides.
“As to the commentary team, I support them absolutely because they are the best in the business – you cannot say fairer than that,” Gyngell said.
“And let’s not forget the best Origin player ever, Wally Lewis, is part of that team, along with (Paul) Fatty Vautin.”
The State of Origin decider will be screened on Nine on July 6.