The BBC received hundreds of complaints over comments by one of its football presenters that the “all-white” line up of England’s Euros 2022 women’s team pointed to a lack of diversity.
Eilidh Barbour’s remarks resulted in the BBC receiving the most unsolicited complaints of any programme so far this month.
Discussing England’s 8-0 win against Norway, Ms Barbour, a TV broadcaster and former semi-professional with Partick Thistle FC, said: “It was an historic eight goal victory for England last night as the Lionesses secured their place in the quarter finals.
“But all starting 11 players and the five substitutes that came on to the pitch were all white. And that does point towards a lack of diversity in the women’s game in England.”
Her comments came during the half-time of Denmark v Finland, ahead of a segment by Alex Scott, the former England player, which focused on the diversity of the national team.
‘Skin colour should have nothing to do with it’
More than 220 viewers complained about the comments, with the BBC’s report saying that the main issue raised was that it was “inappropriate or ‘racist’ to discuss diversity in sport”.