The BBC fired football commentator Craig Ramage after he said “young black lads” needed “pulling down a peg or two.”
A BBC spokesperson told iMediaEthics, “These were entirely unacceptable comments and we will no longer be working with Craig.”
iMediaEthics has tweeted Ramage.
Ramage said of the Derby County Football Club team, according to the Independent:
“When I look over and look at certain players, their body language, their stance, the way they act, you just feel, hold on a minute, he needs pulling down a peg or two.
“So I’d probably say that about all the young black lads, all the young advice if they wanted it, that, you know, it’s about, when you are struggling for form, you are going through a sticky patch, it’s about going back to basics, working hard, and doing the right things.”
On Feb. 16, Ramage tweeted an apology saying “race is irrelevant to the issues that I was discussing.”
His apology read:
“I wish to apologise unreservedly for a comment that I made after yesterday’s game. What I said was wholly inappropriate and unintentional. Race is irrelevant to the issues that I was discussing and I deeply regret what I said. I sincerely hope that the players accept my apology.
“I would like to reiterate my heartfelt apology not only to the players but also the fans that have listened to me over the past 7 years and also to those that followed me throughout my career. I would like to reinforce that this error in no way reflects my personal views.”