UK football pundits comparing tough tackle to rape angers women

March 18th, 2009 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI  


London, Mar.18 (ANI): British football pundit Alan Pardew has landed himself in a soup with womens rights campaigners for comparing a tough tackle to rape. The former manager was on Match Of The Day 2 when he made those comments, and now the BBC is approached to sack him. Describing a challenge on Manchester Citys Ched Evans by Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien, Pardew said: He absolutely rapes him. Last night he issued an unconditional apology but the BBC was said to be considering his future. The 47-year-olds comments left host Adrian Chiles, 41, and fellow pundit Alan Hansen, 53, speechless. Yvonne Traynor, director of Rape Crisis in south London, said: How can he say that, its insensitive in the extreme, how can he even think that it may be OK to make such a comment? A spokesperson for Women Against Rape added: Anyone who can say such a thing has no idea what rape means. It is really insulting to rape survivors to have the word trivialised in that way. A spokeswoman for the BBC confirmed that they had received 35 complaints. (ANI)

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