ITV ban World Cup pundits from wearing shoes after breaking Japanese tradition

ITV ban Rugby World Cup pundits Jonny Wilkinson and Co from wearing SHOES after breaking tradition in their Japanese-themed studio in London

  • ITV have used a Japanese-themed studio for their rugby World Cup broadcast
  • Pundits broke Japanese tradition by wearing shoes on a tatami floor   
  • Jonny Wilkinson, Sam Warburton and Brian O’Driscoll were told to remove shoes
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ITV had their Rugby World Cup pundits remove their shoes in the Japanese-themed studio in London, after realising they were breaking an age-old custom.

Experts including England great Jonny Wilkinson, former Wales and Lions captain Sam Warburton and Ireland hero Brian O’Driscoll were spotted going against Japanese tradition by wearing shoes on a tatami floor. Viewers of the coverage on Friday highlighted on social media how ITV had put their foot in it.

The pundits were providing analysis in the ‘demonstration area’, which has tatami mats as flooring. It is customary for anyone entering a tatami room to remove footwear.

ITV's rugby World Cup pundits were banned from wearing shoes during Friday's broadcast

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ITV’s rugby World Cup pundits were banned from wearing shoes during Friday’s broadcast

Japanese tradition dictates that people aren't allowed to wear shoes on a tatami floor

Japanese tradition dictates that people aren't allowed to wear shoes on a tatami floor

Japanese tradition dictates that people aren’t allowed to wear shoes on a tatami floor

Those working on set realised their mistake midway through their first broadcast, and ITV have since corrected themselves by having their pundits, including Sportsmail’s Sir Clive Woodward, work in socks. The rest of the studio is decorated in a Japanese theme, including a bonsai tree, and received a mixed reaction on social media.

Former England captain Will Carling tweeted: ‘Slightly strange watching three ex-players in socks and jackets doing a walk through on ITV. Different.

‘If England progress, maybe later in the tournament they could be in black tie or even smoking jackets?’

 

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