ARSENAL Fan TV have axed Claude Callegari after he made a racist comment about Tottenham ace Son Heung-min.
The pundit, 56, said “DVD’s going off” when the South Korean was subbed during Sunday’s North London derby.
Claude Callegari, right, was slated by fans for his remark towards Son Heung-min
It is a derogatory slur against Asian people that labels them as someone who sells DVDs.
Regular guest Claude has now been removed from the show “indefinitely”.
Channel owner Robbie Lyle has issued a lengthy apology on his Twitter page following the incident.
He wrote: “I would like to sincerely apologise for the derogatory remark heard on the AFTV livestream on Sunday, and for the response video that we put out today where we failed to apologise and take onus for the comment.
“As a channel that has millions of of viewers around the world, I fully recognise the power that comments made by myself or people on our platform have, and it is paramount that we do not allow comments of this nature to be made in any form.
“As such, it’s only appropriate that Claude is removed from the channel indefinitely.
“In no way do I or AFTV condone racism of any kind and it is important we take appropriate action in line with the comment made.”
Robbie, who created the channel back in 2012, confirmed Claude will also undergo an education programme.
He added: “I have spoken with representatives at @kickitout earlier today and must reiterate this is not an issue I would ever try to sweep under the carpet or ignore.
“The response video was a mistake and I can only apologise that we did not take responsibility for the comment sooner.
“In this time we will ensure that Claude undertakes an education programme to understand the full severity of the remark made on Sunday, and that comments of a similar nature are under no circumstance made again in the future.”
By: Joe Miles
Title: Arsenal Fan TV sack pundit Claude for calling Tottenham star Son ‘DVD’ during derby as Robbie apologises amid race storm
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12126844/arsenal-fan-tv-claude-son/
Published Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2020 07:47:17 +0000