Experienced commentator Clive Tyldesley has reportedly been sacked by Soccer Aid bosses for his fat-shaming remarks during ITV’s coverage of the event recently.
Soccer Aid 2020 took place on September 6 at Old Trafford behind closed doors as celebrities and legends took to the hallowed turf at the Theatre of Dreams.
The charity match raised more than £11million for global aid charity Unicef.
England ended up losing the game to the Soccer Aid World XI on penalties after an entering 1-1 draw.
But the attention of the viewers wasn’t always on the footballing action after Tyldesley made some rather untoward remarks about some of the participants.
The ITV legend’s comments and comedian Tom Davis and entertainer Chunkz have come in for heavy criticism, leaving bosses with no choice but to axe him from the role, according to the Sun.
One of his remarks about Chunkz was that he is so big you could “take guided tours around him”.
It’s thought that the YouTube star and rapper was left very upset in the changing rooms after being told what was said.
There were also accusations that Tyldesley mixed some players up whilst commentating on the match.
An insider told The Sun: “Clive’s been told he won’t be back for next year’s Soccer Aid because of the comments he made. It was clear that while Clive thought he was just having a laugh, no one really found his jokes funny, let alone Tom and Chunkz who bore the brunt of them.
“Soccer Aid raises millions for children and is watched by kids and young people across the UK. Having them listen to someone like Clive then mocking players for their weight seems totally unacceptable.
“People made their voices heard on social media and the bosses at Soccer Aid listened.
“Clive understands why he won’t be back.
“And it will be put forward as them bringing in new blood when it comes to the commentators on next year’s game.”
Tyldesley was demoted by ITV back in June after 22 years as the broadcaster’s senior commentator.