Sky Sports issue apology to Everton for 'insensitive' comments after commentators mock black armbands
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Sky Sports have issued an apology to Everton after commentators mocked black armbands worn by the team.
On Sunday, Everton were up against Aston Villa at Villa Park in the Premier League.
Everton staff and players wore black armbands to pay tribute to Michael Jones, the 26-year-old fan who tragically lost his life whilst working at the site of their new stadium last week.
During their coverage of the match, commentators Bill Leslie and Andy Hinchcliffe said that Toffees boss Sean Dyche “looked like a croupier” - a person who runs a casino table - as he stood on the sideline with his black armband over his white shirt.
In a statement that was released to The Echo, Sky said: “Comments made during the Aston Villa v Everton game were insensitive and regrettable.
“We have spoken to everyone involved in the coverage including both the commentators and have reminded them of their responsibilities and the need for care and sensitivity. We apologise for any upset or distress caused by these comments."
It has been reported that both Leslie and Hinchcliffe have expressed regret over their comments.
Jones died in hospital following an incident at the Bramley Moore Dock site at around 1pm last Monday.
A statement from Jones’ family said: “The family would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support. It is with our greatest sadness that our beloved son, brother uncle and friend Michael has sadly passed away.
“We want to thank the NHS staff and work colleagues who did their best for Michael. He will be missed beyond words.”
Everton’s new stadium is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed by the start of the 25/26 season.
The new stadium is set to cost 53,000 fans and will be known as the Everton Stadium.