Wednesday 26 September 2018

WATCH: John Terry releases a video statement after an Instagram message sparks claims of sexism

Terry felt the need to explain why he was watching the World Cup with the sound turned down on his TV
Terry felt the need to explain why he was watching the World Cup with the sound turned down on his TV
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former England captain John Terry has issued a video statement clarifying an Instagram message that sparked a strong reaction on social media on Wednesday afternoon.

With Vicki Sparks making history as she became the first female commentator on a World Cup match for the BBC in the Portugal v Morocco game, Terry's message suggesting he was watching the game at home without any sound created a stir.

Some observers concluded Terry had decided to turn the sound down on his TV as he was not impressed with the commentary panel of Sparks and former Arsenal defender Martin Keown.

He subsequently deleted the post as a flow of negative comments game his way and he then felt compelled to release a video message offering an explanation for the why he sent the message.

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BBC commentator Vicky Sparks made history as she became the first female commentator on a World Cup match for the BBC

"I just want to address an instagram story that I posted earlier today and I've since deleted," he said.

"I returned home from the Maldives today around two o'clock to find that there was no audio in the house working whatsoever. Since then they've been able to fix. Everything is working now.

"I was watching the game with no volume simply posted that on my social media and people have run away and kind of made up their own stories and run with it.

"It's gathered a bit of momentum on social media and also in the newspapers.

"Just want to clarify, it's completely untrue and simply not the case.

"Hope this clears up the matter and we can move forward."

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