BBC apologises over race row

The BBC has apologised over Five Live commentator Alan Green’s use of “pidgin” English when mimicking a black football player.

Ofcom has upheld a complaint after Green suggested that a black player in a Manchester United versus Arsenal game may have said “me no cheat” in a dispute with a referee.

The media watchdog ruled: “We considered the suggestion that a black player was incapable of speaking grammatical English was inappropriate, particularly given the drive to eradicate racist attitudes in football.”

The BBC said Green was well known as a campaigning anti-racist.

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