A bungled Olympic medal tally has Chinese viewers up in arms and demanding an apology from Channel 7.
During a medal projection segment on Saturday night’s Olympic coverage, the broadcaster incorrectly displayed Chile’s flag instead of the Chinese flag.
Chinese viewers reacted angrily, posting to social media about the mistake, and mentioning that even while the show’s host spoke, he did not pick up on the mistake.
Hours later, a petition was created, calling for an apology from Channel 7, and expressing the hurt and dismay felt by the creator, Yuming Fan.
‘I was so much in shock when I saw the national flag of China was actually the national flag of Chile,’ they wrote.
‘This is really not acceptable for a national TV broadcast across Australia to make such unprofessional or rather say irresponsible mistake.’
Comments on the petition – which has almost 3,000 signatures – also show a number of people took offence to the broadcaster going to a commercial break during China’s entrance to the Opening Ceremony.
One commenter believes the slip up was a ‘jealous set up against the recent years success of China’.
Channel 7 has been contacted for comment.