Soccer Star's Comments Draw More Controversy For Moyles' BBC Show
October 3, 2006 at 6:16 AM (PT)
Top 40 BBC RADIO 1 morning man CHRIS MOYLES is no stranger to controversy, and his show MONDAY (10/2) drew more notice for a soccer star's use of a derogatory term for gays.
MANCHESTER UNITED's RIO FERDINAND responded to MOYLES' questioning about which two teammates FERDINAND would go out with by telling MOYLES, "You're a faggot"; FERDINAND immediately added, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I'm not homophobic." The BBC says it received two complaints about the incident but said "an inappropriate comment was made during some light-hearted banter, but there was no offense intended by the comment, and RADIO 1 apologizes for any that may have been caused."
The incident follows another gay-insult controversy for MANCHESTER UNITED, with gay-rights group OUTRAGE! calling for sanctions after PAUL SCHOLES called a referree a "poofter" after receiving a yellow card in MAN U.'s CHAMPIONS LEAGUE game at BENFICA last week.