Martin Tyler urged to retire after ‘racist’ comment about Son Heung-min
Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler has been urged to retire by fans who labelled his comment on Sunday afternoon racist.
The long-time voice of Premier League Super Sundays commentated on Liverpool’s dramatic 4-3 win at Anfield over Tottenham Hotspur. But he let slip a controversial comment as Spurs trailed 3-1 in the 52nd minute.
Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo was breaking away on a counter-attack when Spurs star Son Heung-min pulled him back cynically and was subsequently booked for the foul.
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But the 77-year-old commentator responded to the aggressive bit of play by saying it was “more of the martial arts,” causing an uproar on social media among viewers.
One fan took to Twitter to write: “Martin Tyler saying Son did martial arts. Live on air. I know I ain’t the only one that found that racist.”
Another tweeted: “Really pains me to say it but I think it’s time for Sky to retire Martin Tyler.”
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A third added: “Martin Tyler… care to explain your comment???”
And a fourth fumed: “Martin Tyler's 'martial arts' comment about Son's yellow card was disgusting, xenophobic and racist. Not happy."
A Sky Sports spokesperson has since told The Sun: "Martin Tyler has been reminded of need for care with his wording while on the air."
There was late drama on show at Anfield as Richarlison thought he had sealed a remarkable comeback, having nodded in his first league goal since joining the north London side in the 93rd minute.
But wild celebrations quickly turned to misery for Spurs as Lucas Moura’s rogue back-pass set Diogo Jota through on goal for the winner.
It marked another defeat for Tottenham and another diabolical start to a match, having conceded three goals in the opening 15 minutes, as was the case in last week's loss to Newcastle.
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