Monday 10 December 2018

Ladbrokes 'sincerely apologise' after official Twitter account posted photo mocking Parkinson's sufferer Dave Clark

Dave Clark is the anchor on Sky Sports' Darts coverage
Dave Clark is the anchor on Sky Sports' Darts coverage

Cormac Byrne

Furious customers have deleted their accounts with Ladbrokes after the leading bookmakers posted an insensitive tweet about Sky Sports presenter and Parkinson's sufferer Dave Clark.

Clark is the anchor of Sky Sports' Darts coverage and was diagnosed with the degenerative disorder of the central nervous system in 2011.

After keeping his diagnosis secret for two-and-a-half years, Clark went public in 2013 but has not let the disease impact on his broadcasting career.

During his presenting of the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace last night, Ladbrokes tweeted an image of Clark with the message: 'Dave Clark looks like he's caught the whiff of something nasty & wants to murder the person who's caused it...'

Clark hit back on his own account saying: 'That'll be the chronic degenerative neurological condition that will eventually rob me of the ability to walk,talk and smile @Ladbrokes #parkinsons'

In a statement to Independent.ie this morning, Ladbrokes apologised for the tweet and pledged to make a donation to Parkinson's UK.

“We sincerely apologise to Dave Clark for an ill-judged and inappropriate tweet, and we would also like to apologise to all sufferers of Parkinson’s for any offence caused. We will be making a donation to Parkinson’s UK in support of this excellent charity," the statement read.

A number of high profile figures, including former England international and Match of the Day presenter Alan Shearer, and Ladbrokes customers voiced their displeasure at the tweet.

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