talkSPORT apologise to Tottenham and Daniel Levy after fan's vile anti-semitic slur


The shocking incident occurred while talkSPORT presenters Perry Groves and Jordan Jarrett-Bryan were fielding calls to discuss the transfer saga involving Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and striker Harry Kane

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talkSPORT have apologised to Tottenham and Daniel Levy after a fan aimed an appalling anti-semitic barb at the Spurs chairman while calling into a radio show on Tuesday night.

The shocking incident occurred while presenters Perry Groves and Jordan Jarrett-Bryan were fielding calls to discuss the Harry Kane transfer saga.

Spurs chairman Levy is in a standoff with Kane, who would like to leave the club this summer and is yet to report back for pre-season training.

Manchester City submitted a £100million bid for the England captain earlier this summer which Levy rejected, as he believes the player is worth a significantly-higher sum in the region of £150million.








Levy was targeted with a vile anti-semitic slur by a caller on talkSPORT
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Groves and Jarrett-Bryan were discussing the saga with a caller when the latter presenter asked: “Are you saying Spurs should get the fee they feel he’s worth? And if they don’t get that, he’s not going anywhere.”

The caller responded: “Yeah but Levy, Levy is… he’s a Jew. He’s not gonna let him go for nothing, is he?”

Groves looked stunned by what he had just witnessed and shook his head, while Jarrett-Bryan struggled to get his words out.





The duo have faced criticism on social media for failing to criticise the caller or condemn the racism they had just witnessed.

As reported by the Daily Telegraph , Spurs lodged a complaint with the broadcaster over the vile jibe on ‘The Sports Bar’.

Meanwhile, Andrew Percy MP, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism, has launched a complaint with media regulator Ofcom. He has also written to talkSPORT to ask what action they will be taking.



Former Saracens and England Under-20 rugby player Scott Spurling brought the disgraceful incident to light by posting the footage on his Twitter account.

Spurling wrote: “I don’t know what’s worse the caller or the presenter not calling him out immediately instead of trying to move on.”

Head of talkSPORT Lee Clayton subsequently apologised for the incident, saying: “We are all appalled by the comment that was made by a caller during a live YouTube broadcast of The Sports Bar. There is absolutely no room for discrimination of any kind in society.




“We are deeply sorry to Tottenham and, especially, to chairman Daniel Levy, as well as their supporters and the Jewish community for the offence caused by this hateful comment, which should never have been broadcast.

“The comment was rightly dumped on our radio station, where we broadcast with a slight delay to ensure any unexpected and inappropriate comments don’t make it to air.

“It was, however, streamed live on the talkSPORT YouTube channel, which we are currently testing and which awaits a similar profanity/offence delay.

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“Our team did not take our YouTube stream into consideration and therefore the comments were not challenged as they should have been for our viewers on YouTube.

“It is unacceptable that the comment appeared anywhere and as broadcast partners of the Premier League, we take our position very seriously. We are comprehensively reviewing all of our processes, involving our teams across programming, social media and compliance.

“We have suspended live broadcasting on YouTube until we can be sure we have the same processes and protections in place as we have for our radio broadcasting.”









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