BBC apologises after Boycott uses F-word

Published: Tuesday, December 1, 2009, 11:58 [IST]
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BBC apologises after Boycott uses F-word

London: The BBC has apologised to radio listeners for a foul-mouthed outburst by ex-England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott during its cricket coverage.

Boycott was heard shouting "f****** t****r" during BBC Test Match Special coverage of England's third ODI against South Africa.

Cricketer-turned-commentator made the comment after the fall of South Africa"s sixth wicket when Paul Collingwood caught Ryan McLaren off the bowling of Stuart Broad. The hosts finished all out for 119.

It was not known who the comment was directed at and Boycott was unaware that the comments were being broadcast, a BBC source said.

A Radio 5 Live spokesman said: “An off-air comment made by Geoffrey Boycott in a live broadcast was heard by some listeners which we apologised for as soon as we realised it had been audible."

Boycott is not the first commentator to be caught out on air, but his outburst is very unlikely to have the same career-threatening implications as those that beset Dean Jones and Ron Atkinson.

In 2006, Australian cricketer-turned-commentator Dean Jones lost his job after the former player referred to South African batsman Hashim Amla as a terrorist during a Test match in Colombo.


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