Olympic legend Michael Johnson described athletics chief Sebastian Coe as ‘full of s***’ not realising he was live on air

Olympic legend Michael Johnson described athletics chief Sebastian Coe as ‘full of s***’ not realising he was live on air

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OLYMPIC legend Michael Johnson described athletics chief Sebastian Coe as “full of s***” — not realising he was live on air.

The US track star was chatting to BBC presenter Gabby Logan in what they thought was a break in coverage of the World Championships in Doha.

Michael Johnson described athletics chief Sebastian Coe as 'full of s***' not realising he was live on air
Michael Johnson described athletics chief Sebastian Coe as ‘full of s***’ not realising he was live on air

But their microphones were still broadcasting online and captured Johnson blasting Lord Coe for making athletes perform in the sweltering temperatures in the Qatar capital

BBC Sport online viewers heard him say: “And the thing is… Seb, it’s like, you’re either ignorant, naïve, or full of s***.

“And he’s not ignorant or naïve — he’s full of s***.”

Logan appeared to nod and burst out laughing.

Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, says the games are in Doha to boost the sport in the Middle East.

But the games have been beset with heat-related problems, with collapsed runners stretchered out of the women’s marathon.


Johnson also implied the motivation for the Doha staging was financial — suggesting the organisers got “a boatload of money”.

He said the event had been “extremely expensive” for the teams and added: “You’ve got to hold your marathon at midnight and put athletes under hell.”

The BBC said: ‘This was a private, off-air conversation about the choice of location.”

Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, says the games are in Doha to boost the sport in the Middle East
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Coe, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations, says the games are in Doha to boost the sport in the Middle East[/caption]


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