Rio Olympics 2016: BBC Apologises for Paul Hand’s ‘Homophobic’ Remarks

The BBC has been forced to apologise after Rio Olympics commentator sparked a homophobia row.

Paul Hand made the comments during a ‘kiss cam’ feature as Britain’s Johanna Konta beat Svetlana Kuznetsova.

As the camera moved around the stadium, the presenter encouraged one couple saying: “Come on, let's have a kiss.”

He then quipped: “Let's hope they don't go on to two blokes sat next to each other.” And viewers reacted with fury and sent multiple messages on Twitter about the remark.
Pual Hand 

One viewer immediately wrote on Twitter: "@BBCSport Could you tell your tennis commentators that two men kissing is ok, and they should avoid being homophobic? That would be grand."

Lynne Andrews added: "Think tennis commentator @BBCSport needs some CPD after casual homophobic remark." And JP Kesseler slammed: "Disgusting homophobia by @BBCSport's commentator Paul Hand during the tennis. Indefensible."

Olympics broadcaster the BBC admitted Hand made an 'ill-judged' remark. A statement read: "The comment was ill judged and we apologise to any of our viewers who were offended."

Konta came from behind to beat Kuznetsova 3-6 7-5 7-5 in a three-hour thriller. The British No1 now faces Germany’s Wimbledon finalist Angelique Kerber in the quarter-finals. - The Sun 


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