Tuesday, August 26, 2008

BBC reporter faces sack over Spanish air crash 'quip'

A BBC football commentator is facing the sack after making an `inappropriate remark' about the Spanish air disaster during a match.

Radio Manchester's Chris Price was doing a live update from the Bradford versus Rochdale match when he said Dale `were making more holes in the Bradford defence than in a Spanish aircraft'.

Outraged listeners complained to the BBC, which has now been forced to issue an apology.

Freelance journalist Price, 25, from Rochdale, said he was trying to add some colour to his report and be a bit different, but made a `horrible mistake'. One former BBC commentator described him as `unprofessional and stupid'.

Price said: "I honestly thought I was being descriptive. It wasn't meant to be funny; it was just a descriptive phrase.

"If people are offended by what I said, then of course I apologise but I never intended to offend anyone. From the reaction there has been, if I could take it back then I would."

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