Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon may have put his foot in while on commentary duty for NBC for Liverpool’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
As heard in the video below, the 52-year-old was reacting to an incident where Heung-Min Son hacked down Roberto Firmino with an awful foul.
In a poor choice of words, Dixon’s reaction wasn’t the best and it led to many viewers picking up on it and commenting on Twitter.
LOOOOOOOOL how can the commentator say "HAAAIIYAA, karate kick" at Son pic.twitter.com/pkpi79wrHu
— Tristán (@TheFamousRed) February 11, 2017
As of yet, there has been no word from NBC or Dixon over his remarks, and in truth, having established himself as a top pundit and commentator, there is no suggestion that there was anything malicious in it and it was merely an inappropriate mistake on his part.
Nevertheless, he surely can’t be getting away with saying something like that and it remains to be seen whether or not any action will take place.
Liverpool went on to win the game 2-0 as they finally put an end to their slump at the expense of one of their rivals for a top-four finish in the Premier League, but this incident certainly made the headlines and went viral on social media with others backing Dixon over it and arguing that it was nothing more than an innocent comment…
Lee Dixon'a casual racism has made my day
— Daniel Gunn (@DanGunner1) February 11, 2017
lee dixon is a racist pass it on https://t.co/8toq9hA2eL
— m.a. (@mtthwtknsn) February 11, 2017
lee Dixon what was you thinking ??
— kierron (@Kierron5) February 11, 2017
@LeeDixon2 being accused of being racist is sickening. The people making the accusations are the ones who've made the racial stereotype
— Chris (@chris_price222) February 11, 2017
That Lee Dixon thing being racist by saying karate kick? Hahahahaha have a day off you PC wankers
— CP (@Pickfordchris94) February 11, 2017
Someone's getting sacked in the morning @LeeDixon2
— Spacely Sprockets ? (@LobRucci) February 11, 2017
Lee Dixon waiting for NBC bosses to call him pic.twitter.com/oTesD7HEtW
— Stanton ???? (@StantonThe3rd) February 11, 2017
— JimCourier (@JCourier1) February 11, 2017
Lee Dixon gon be on the phone w his boss at halftime like pic.twitter.com/b8ODJRU84V
— Kale Merchant (@FEELZ_) February 11, 2017
@TheFamousRed That is so racist LOL
— Karta Kosasih (@ngkos) February 11, 2017
— Angus Popplewood (@AngusPopplewood) February 11, 2017
— Cameron Monks?? (@CamMonksAppDev) February 11, 2017