ITV Sport has announced that its Technical Director Roger Pearce has sadly passed away.

The death of Pearce, who was in charge of World Cup coverage at this winter’s tournament in Qatar, was announced by the network ahead of Tuesday evening’s Group B clash between the USA and Wales.

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ITV has announced that Technical Director Roger Pearce has died[/caption]

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Pearce was in charge of coverage of the World Cup in Qatar[/caption]

Presenter Mark Pougatch announced the sad news live on-air

Sharing the devastating news, ITV Sports presenter Mark Pougatch said: “We have some very sad news to bring you from here in Qatar.

“ITV’s Technical Director Roger Pearce, who was here embarking on his eighth World Cup.

“Roger and his team are the brilliant people who bring the pictures into your homes and make it all happen.”

He went on: “Roger was a hugely respected figure in the TV sports broadcasting industry.”

Mark said: “For ITV, he’s been instrumental in the logistical planning and delivery of Rugby World Cups as well as the football World Cups and the Euros.

“He always had a smile on his face and left a smile on your face, he was utterly dedicated, professional, charming, and hugely popular, he’ll be missed by so many people inside the industry and at home.”

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