The former Liverpool man tweeted against the supporters.
BT Sport have dropped Stan Collymore as a co-commentator ahead of the Scottish championship clash between Rangers and Raith Rovers after the pundit’s outburst on Twitter concerning sectarian chants, reports the Guardian.
This is the League Cup semi Final. This is sectarian chanting with “Fenian blood ” distinctly heard in the song https://t.co/lehAPxL1uP
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) February 19, 2015
Collymore wrote on social media that games involving Rangers should not be televised due to their supporters singing with references to ‘Fenian blood’ and also urged his followers to boycott the Glasgow club by signing a petition for their matches to be removed from live broadcast.
Please sign my petition asking all sponsors and broadcasters to boycott #RFC games as “Up to our knees in Fenian Blood” isn’t acceptable. — Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) February 19, 2015
With BT Sport being one of those broadcasters it is hardly surprising that they have chosen to drop the former Aston Villa and Liverpool striker ahead of their showing of the Gers’ match.
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“We did not agree with the nature of the debate on Twitter, which BT Sport was brought into without prior agreement,” a BT Sport spokesperson was quoted by the Guardian.
“BT Sport does not agree with any form of racism and believes that it should not be tolerated in sport. It is a subject which should be tackled and discussed in the correct manner.
“BT Sport will raise and discuss the issue within its programming when relevant and in an appropriate manner.”
Unsurprisingly Rangers fans have responded to Collymore defending themselves, with the Supporters Trust highlighting the sectarian chants that are aimed at them during matches.
Whatever happens now this debate is sure to be given more coverage in the short term at least and the talkSPORT presenter looks ready to fight his cause.