Soccer Aid hit by 88 Ofcom complaints by fans furious over ‘fat shaming’ of players
SOCCER Aid viewers complained in their droves after Chunkz and Tom Davis were repeatedly fat-shamed by commentator Clive Tyldesley.
The 66-year-old made a series of jibes about funnyman Tom, 41, and his rapper team-mate during Sunday’s charity game.
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The media watchdog Ofcom has confirmed they received 88 complaints about fat-shaming during the match.
As Chunkz, 24, came on, Tyldesley said: “Tom Davis is about to be replaced, and by somebody bigger than him.”
He also sniped that Chunkz, real name Amin Mohamed, was exhausted before he even started playing. Later in the Old Trafford match, he said that Chunkz was so big you could “take guided tours” around him.
Tyldesley, recently axed as ITV’s senior commentator, also sneered: “He’s trying to run in, trying being the operative word.”
A source told The Sun: “Chunkz and Tom were devastated to learn of Clive’s abuse. This was a charity match and he felt the need to laugh at their weight. They found it unacceptable and they made that clear to organisers.”
Tyldesley also wrongly referred to World XI captain Mo Gilligan as DJ Locksmith, who is also black.
The source added: “Clive didn’t have his best evening. Maybe it’s no surprise ITV have looked elsewhere for their senior commentator. He’s shown himself to be a bit of a dinosaur.”
England lost the game on penalties, with Chunkz missing the decisive spot-kick.
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