Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Outrage over 'holocaust' comment

Football pundit Tony Cascarino has sparked outrage after he described a player as having a 'holocaust' of a game
Football pundit Tony Cascarino has sparked outrage after he described a player as having a 'holocaust' of a game

A football pundit has sparked outrage after he described a player as having a "holocaust" of a game.

Tony Cascarino made the inflammatory comment on Sky Sports News during a match between Manchester United and Arsenal which saw the north London team suffer a crushing 8-2 defeat.

Discussing defender Armand Traore's performance on the pitch, Cascarino said: "Poor Traore at right back is having a holocaust because he's finding himself against (United winger) Nani, who's literally running him from everywhere and (Arsenal midfielder Andrey) Arshavin's just not tracking his runners."

Angry fans immediately hit out at his comments on micro-blogging site Twitter.

One user wrote: "Tony Cascarino should be sacked on the spot. He said an Arsenal defender was having a "holocaust". Apallingly ignorant."

Another shocked social networker added: "I CANT BELIEVE HE SAID THAT!" while one observed: "Looks like Tony Cascarino could be the next ex-pro on the persona non-gratis list after that on air comment..." Another micro-blogger branded the comment "horrendous", adding: "I hope Tony Cascarino is dealt with appropriately".

A clip of the incident, broadcast during the Old Trafford clash, quickly appeared on YouTube.

Sky Sports News said presenter Natalie Sawyer had apologised straightaway for Cascarino's remarks.

It said in a statement: "Tony Cascarino made his comments in the heat of the moment. An immediate apology on behalf of Tony and Sky Sports was made on air as soon as possible for any offence caused."

As well as being a Sky Sports pundit, the 48-year-old former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker has written for The Times and has presented for TalkSport radio.

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