Ryan Giggs and John Barnes (Twitter)
Cape Town - Ryan Giggs is no longer part of the commentary and analysis team seen on the various SuperSport channels on MultiChoice's DStv for the 2014 Soccer World Cup.
SuperSport announced with great fanfare pre-tournament that the former Manchester United legend would head up a stellar cast of analysts and experts for SuperSport's coverage of the Brazilian showpiece.
However, just a short while into the tournament, Giggs left SuperSport's on-air presentation team. He provided insight which didn't overwhelm critics and his commentary mostly left them lukewarm.
He was often the only face on the SuperSport panel to disappear and be replaced by another analyst - while the others in the studio remained unchanged - between games.
SuperSport mentioned in their initial statement announcing Giggs' "gig" that he will be present in-studio for the duration of the tournament.
However, when contacted by Channel24, SuperSport said the follow: "Ryan Giggs was contracted for a short stint, primarily because of his new duties as assistant Manchester United manager. He is back in the UK."