AFTV remove Claude ‘indefinitely’ after racial slur during Arsenal’s defeat to Tottenham


Claude has been removed ‘indefinitely’ from AFTV’s channel (AFTV)

Arsenal fan channel AFTV has removed Claude ‘indefinitely’ from its shows following his racial slur towards Tottenham’s Heung-min Son.

The popular YouTube channel, which has over 1.1 million subscribers, has issued an apology after Claude Callegari referred to Son as ‘DVD’ during their live show for the north London derby on Sunday.

As Son was being substituted in the final stages of the game, Claude was heard saying: ‘DVD’s going off’.

The term ‘DVD’ is a London-based derogatory slur aimed towards the Asian community, which depicts them as people who sell pirated DVDs on streets and in pubs.

Claude, who has been a regular guest on AFTV since the channel was launched in 2012, defended his actions in a response video by claiming that ‘DVD’s going off’ was a joke reference to Spurs’ likelihood of bringing out a DVD of the game as they beat Arsenal 2-1.

That video which contained Claude’s explanation has now been deleted on AFTV’s media channels.

AFTV’s owner, Robbie Lyle, has now followed this up with a full apology and has confirmed that Claude will no longer appear on his shows.

‘I would like to sincerely apologise for the derogatory remark heard on the AFTV livestream on Sunday, and for the response video that we put out today where we failed to apologise and take onus for the comment,’ said Lyle.

‘As a channel that has millions of viewers around the world, I fully recognise the power that comments made by myself or people on our platform have, and it is paramount that we do not allow comments of this nature to be made in any form.

‘As such, it is only appropriate that Claude is removed from the channel indefinitely.

‘In no way do I or AFTV condone racism of any kind and it is important we take appropriate action in line with the comment made.

‘I have spoken with representatives at Kick It Out earlier today and must reiterate that this is not an issue I would ever try to sweep under the carpet or ignore.

‘The response video was a mistake and I can only apologise that we did not take responsibility for the comment sooner.

‘In this time we will ensure that Claude undertakes an education programme to understand the full severity of the remark made on Sunday, and that comments of a similar nature are under no circumstance made again in the future.’

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