BBC Pundit Is Stood Down After Three 'Sexist' Comments In 20 Minutes
Pundit Steve Thompson won't be used by the BBC for the rest of the year, following three sexist comments made in 20 minutes during Swindon Town vs Lincoln City.
The 65-year-old, sometimes known as "Tommo", was working for the broadcaster as a freelancer when he made the remarks, which included describing a scuffle between two players as "handbags".
Also in the same 20-minute spell, Thompson said: "I think the referee's wife's in" and referred to a player as: "Being a bit of a drama queen... he'd have been better wearing a skirt."
Listeners later complained about the sexist phrasing, used on BBC Radio Lincolnshire on Tuesday while covering Lincoln's 1-0 away victory over Swindon in League One. As a result of his comments, the pundit won't be hired to cover any games until at least January.
Thompson was also sent a written warning about his use of language in 2018.
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Bloody hell. What is the world coming to? @BBCRadioLincs Summariser Steve Thompson suspended by the BBC until 2021 after using the word "handbags" to describle a coming together following a viewer complaint. Madness.- Liam Henton (@LiamHenton) November 28, 2020
The BBC explained: "After listeners raised concerns, Steve acknowledged some of his comments on air didn't meet the standards we expect.
"He is taking a break but will be back in the New Year."
Apart from those comments, the game saw a second-half Lewis Montsma goal give Lincoln City an important victory as they continue their great run in League One. Manager Michael Appleton has guided them to third after 13 matches, with a game in hand on second-placed Peterborough.
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