Thursday 8 December 2016

BBC apologises following Paul Hand's 'casual homophobic remark' during tennis match

Tom Morgan

Published 10/08/2016 | 08:13

Paul Hand made the remark during Konta's match against Kuznetsova
Paul Hand made the remark during Konta's match against Kuznetsova

A BBC commentator at the Olympics faced a "casual homophobia" row last night after suggesting he did not want to see two men kissing.

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The presenter, Paul Hand, faced a barrage of abuse after quipping "let's hope they don't go on to two blokes sat next to each other" during footage of multiple couples kissing in the crowd.

The comments were said in jovial tone but viewers sent dozens of messages on Twitter expressing outrage.

It came during a pause in the match as Team GB's Johanna Konta qualified for the women’s tennis singles quarter-finals after winning a deciding set thriller over Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The commentator had laughed and joked moments earlier, saying "it's lovely to watch" and "come on, let's have a kiss" as footage of the fans were broadcast on big screens.

But in an ill-advised joke, he then added: "Let's hope they don't go on to two blokes sat next to each other."

One viewer immediately wrote on Twitter: "@BBCSport Could you tell your tennis commentators that two men kissing is ok, and they should avoid being homophobic? That would be grand."


One viewer immediately wrote on Twitter: "@BBCSport Could you tell your tennis commentators that two men kissing is ok, and they should avoid being homophobic? That would be grand."



Lynne Andrews added: "Think tennis commentator @BBCSport needs some CPD after casual homophobic remark."



The BBC said in response last night: "The comment was ill-judged and we apologise to any of our viewers who were offended."

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