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AFTV have had to remove Claude Callegari from the channel, after their regular contributor made a racist remark about Son Heung-min during the north London derby.
However during the show Callegari was heard saying 'DVDs going off' as Spurs' midfielder Son was subbed off during the game.
Son is subbed off and Claude says "DVDs going off". The constant casual racism towards Son is a joke pic.twitter.com/jOcG6XWbzs- Mo (@thfcmo) July 13, 2020
The term 'DVD' has been used as a racist slur against Asian footballers in the past, referring to people selling DVDs on a market. Initially AFTV and Claude claimed that he wasn't talking about the player.
In an 'apology' video the contributor and presenter Robbie Lyle discussed how he was referring to Spurs being mocked for bringing out DVDs for all their minor triumphs.
Absolutely disgraceful and pitiful response from Robbie and Claude from AFTV. At no point did Robbie point out that Claude made the DVD comment the exact moment Son was being substituted. Glossing over racism once again. Shameful #AFTVOUT #GETOUTOFOURCLUB pic.twitter.com/GIy7dPmaq0- Fun With Flares (@Funwithflares) July 14, 2020
However it was quite clear that the comments were made as the South Korean was being subbed off in the 94th minute, with the game already over at 2-1.
After the initial backlash, and more following the explanation from Claude, Robbie eventually apologised on Twitter and said that Callegari has been removed from the channel.
I would like to sincerely apologise for the derogatory remark heard on the AFTV livestream on Sunday, and for the response video that we put out today where we failed to apologise and take onus for the comment.- Robbie Lyle (@ItsDonRobbie) July 14, 2020
As such, it is only appropriate that Claude is removed from the channel indefinitely.- Robbie Lyle (@ItsDonRobbie) July 14, 2020
In no way do I or AFTV condone racism of any kind and it is important we take appropriate action in line with the comment made.
In this time we will ensure that Claude undertakes an education programme to understand the full severity of the remark made on Sunday, and that comments of a similar nature are under no circumstance made again in the future.- Robbie Lyle (@ItsDonRobbie) July 14, 2020
The channel, which has often been mocked by non Arsenal fans and hated by other Arsenal fans, has over 1.18 million subscribers on YouTube.
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