A FOOTBALL pundit suspended by the BBC for describing a scuffle between gamers as “purses” has now been accused of creating a homophobic comment.
Steve “Tommo” Thompson was relieved of his duties for utilizing the acquainted matchday phrase after listeners complained.
Steve ‘Tommo’ Thompson was relieved of his duties after describing a scuffle between gamers as ‘purses’Credit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Lincoln Metropolis centre again Lewis Montsma has spent a while modelling on a catwalk Credit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
However it has now emerged that the 65-year-old appeared to seek advice from a homosexual journal on air when discussing Lincoln Metropolis defender Lewis Montsma.
The 22-year-old had modelled on a catwalk and Thompson mentioned he would not desire a centre again to be a “male mannequin”, based on the Mirror.
In September, he mentioned: “I used to be trying by means of my ‘homosexual month-to-month’ and I see he was a male mannequin.
“I’m unsure I desire a centre again as a male mannequin.”
The BBC Radio Lincolnshire pundit was axed after making the “handbags out” comment last month.
The phrase is so widespread it seems within the Collins Dictionary as “an incident during which folks, particularly sportsmen, struggle or threaten to struggle, however with out actual intent to inflict hurt”.
He additionally mentioned a “drama queen” participant could be higher suited “sporting a skirt”.
The BBC mentioned he should endure coaching earlier than returning to work.
Freelancer Steve, who performed for and managed Lincoln, was mentioned to be “devastated” by the BBC’s determination.
Lincoln fan Bernard O’Mahoney is campaigning for his reinstatement.
He mentioned: “As any soccer fan is aware of, ‘purses’ is an extremely well-known saying.
“I can’t start to assume who’d be offended by it. The BBC has misplaced contact with the general public.”
Fan Marcus Greatorex added: “It’s simply an previous time period. The BBC ought to pay extra consideration to songs on their stations selling knife crime and drug use.”
Refereing to the “purses” remark, the BBC mentioned he did not meet the requirements they anticipate.
A spokesman mentioned: “After listeners raised considerations, Steve acknowledged a few of his feedback on air didn’t meet the requirements we anticipate.
“He takes a break however can be again within the New Yr.”
The Solar On-line has contacted the BBC for remark.
In September, Thompson was discussing Lewis Montsma, pictured, when he mentioned: “I’m unsure I desire a centre again as a male mannequin.”Credit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
‘Purses’ seems within the Collins Dictionary as ‘an incident during which folks, particularly sportsmen, struggle or threaten to struggle, however with out actual intent to inflict hurt’
Freelancer Steve, 65, who has performed for and managed Lincoln, was mentioned to be ‘devastated’ by the BBC’s determinationCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty