Sky Sports News presenters were forced to apologise on behalf of pundit Dermot Gallagher after he suggested the referee of the Celtic-Juventus Champions League tie could have caused "another Holocaust".

Gallagher, a regular on the station and a former referee, was asked why Uefa's fifth official failed to see that Alessandro Matri's shot had crossed the line in the opening minutes of the game. Claudio Marchisio smashed in the rebound to give Juve the lead.

Gallagher said: "The problem for me is I don’t think there is any tangible evidence that they do anything.

dermot gallagher

Gallagher often irritates fans with his analysis

"But for a Juventus player following up a shot very, very quickly we could have had another Holocaust last night.

"I am convinced that the assistant and the guy on the goal line don’t know the ball is in."

Presenters Rob Wooton and Hayley McQueen apologised live on air minutes later.


Mal Bennett
Dermot Gallagher's mistake is blind stupidity. The metaphor bears no relation to the incident he is commenting on.

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    Juventus's Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio celebrates after scoring the second goal against Celtic during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Italian striker Alessandro Matri (L) celebrates with teammates defender Claudio Marchisio (2nd L) and Andreas Pirlo (C) after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Alessandro Matri of Juventus shoots past Fraser Forster (L) of Celtic on his way to scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    Juventus players celebrate after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Mikael Lustig of Celtic competes with Claudio Marchisio of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio (L) scores their second goal against Celtic during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Celtic manager Neil Lennon reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Mikael Lustig of Celtic competes with Claudio Marchisio of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio celebrates after scoring the second goal against Celtic during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Italian defender Claudio Marchisio celebrates scoring a rebound goal that was awarded to teammate Italian striker Alessandro Matri during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Montenegrian striker Mirko Vucinic (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the third goal against Celtic during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Celtic Efe Ambrose reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Celtic manager Neil Lennon reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Celtic Efe Ambrose (c) misses a golden chance to score during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Celtic manager Neil Lennon reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Celtic manager Neil Lennon reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Celtic players Anthony Watt (l) and Gary Hooper look on dejectedly after the third Juventus goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio celebrates after scoring the second goal against Celtic during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Celtic Efe Ambrose reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Leonardo Bonucci (2L) leads his teammates in celebration after a 3-0 victory against Celtic during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's players celebrate after a 3-0 victory against Celtic during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Italian midfielder Claudio Marchisio celebrates after scoring the second goal against Celtic during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Celtic players Anthony Watt (r) and Gary Hooper look on dejectedly after the third Juventus goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Italian striker Alessandro Matri scores the opening goal (as awarded by UEFA) past Celtic's English goalkeeper Fraser Forster during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kris Commons of Celtic competes with Martin Caceres of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kelvin Wilson of Celtic fails to keep out the first goal scored by Alessandro Matri of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Scott Brown of Celtic competes with Andrea Pirlo of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    Celtic's English striker Gary Hooper (2nd L) is blocked by Juventus's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (R) during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kelvin Wilson of Celtic fails to keep out the first goal scored by Alessandro Matri of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Charlie Mulgrew of Celtic competes with Arturo Vidal of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Charlie Mulgrew of Celtic competes with Arturo Vidal of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Celtic manager Neil Lennon reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Italian striker Alessandro Matri scores the opening goal (as awarded by UEFA) during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kris Commons of Celtic competes with Martin Caceres of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Claudio Marchisio of Juventus (r) is challenged by Scott Brown of Celtic during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's manager Antonio Conte attends the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's Italian striker Alessandro Matri (L) challenges Celtic's Nigerian defender Efe Ambrose during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Celtic's English striker Gary Hooper (R) vies with Juventus's Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo (L) during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Celtic's English striker Gary Hooper (R) vies with Juventus's Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo (L) during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/GRAHAM STUART (Photo credit should read GRAHAM STUART/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kris Commons of Celtic competes with Arturo Vidal of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    Juventus's manager Antonio Conte reacts during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

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    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Scott Brown of Celtic reacts to a missed chance during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    Celtic's English goalkeeper Fraser Forster is pictured during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Celtic's English striker Kris Commons (front) tries an overhead kick past Juventus's Andrea Barzagli during the UEFA Champions League last sixteen football match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic park in Glasgow, Scotland, on February 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO/IAN MACNICOL (Photo credit should read Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Kelvin Wilson of Celtic (l) fails to keep out the first goal scored by Alessandro Matri of Juventus during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

  • Celtic v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16

    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 12: Gary Hooper of Celtic reacts during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Celtic and Juventus at Celtic Park Stadium on February 12, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    Celtic's James Forrest (left) and Juventus' Martin Caceres (right) battle for the ball

  • Soccer - UEFA Champions League - Round of Sixteen - First Leg - Celtic v Juventus - Celtic Park

    Celtic's Gary Hooper (right) and Juventus' Martin Caceres (left) battle for the ball

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    Celtic's Mikael Lustig (right) and Juventus' Arturo Vidal (left) battle for the ball

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    Juventus' Claudio Marchisio celebrates scoring his teams first goal of the game with teammates

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    Juventus' Claudio Marchisio has an attempt on goal