Sky Sport apologized last night after pundit Graeme Souness’s rant where he used a racial stereotype in his criticism of South American player Erik Lamela.
Scotsman Souness accused Lamela of diving and playacting in a bid to get Anthony Martial sent off – which worked.
Against Manchester United on Sunday, the Argentine was involved in a scrap with Anthony Martial and went down dramatically after the Frenchman touched his face.
Souness said live on air: “I have played in latin countries and Lamela will think he has done something big for the club by going down like that.”
“If Martial is going then Lamela has to go,” he said on Sky Sports. “He raises his hands, Martial lashes out, it’s like a tickle across your chops and he’s gone down.
“It is pathetic. It’s very Latin. If one goes, both have to go. It’s pathetic. Is this what the English game is about? We, the Brits, do it differently. I’ve played in a Latin country, I’ve worked in Latin countries, I know how they see the game.
“Lamela will sleep well tonight thinking he has done a great piece of work for his team. That is not us.”
Not long after Souness’ comments, Sky Sports presenter Dave Jones apologised to viewers as the broadcaster looked to avoid controversy, especially during sensitive times over race and culture.
“Now I have to say before we go, earlier in the show we were critical of Erik Lamela’s part in Anthony Martial’s sending off in the Manchester United-Spurs game,” Jones said.
“We’d like to apologise for any offence that was caused and the stereotyping of the Latin culture.”
Tottenham went on to beat Manchester United at Old-Trafford 6-1.
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