Soccer Commentator's Joke Prompts BBC Apology
January 24, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
A soccer commentator's joke about EVERTON fans stealing hubcaps has prompted a written apology from BBC RADIO FIVE LIVE's Controller BOB SHENNAN, reports the GUARDIAN.
Analyst ALAN GREEN, covering the JANUARY 14 EVERTON-READING match for FIVE LIVE and noting the presence in the stands of SYLVESTER STALLONE, joked that STALLONE would find his limousine's wheels missing when he returned to the car. A local council leader complained to the station about the comment, and SHENNAN wrote a letter to the LIVERPOOL DAILY POST formally apologizing, calling the joke "an ill-judged attempt at humour that misfired and [was] not funny" but saying that "the last thing [GREEN] would ever want to do would be to cause their supporters any offence."