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BBC ban football commentators from using ‘racist’ phrases such as cakewalk, sold down the river and nitty gritty

THE BBC have banned sports commentators from using “racist” phrases including cakewalk, sold down the river and nitty gritty.

In an ‘avoiding racial bias’ training session, commentators and co-commentators were given a list of terms that must be avoided.

The Daily Mail reports that in the online training session staff were instructed to stop using “pace” and/or “power” to describe black players.

This can be deemed as racial stereotyping,

Players with darker skin often have their success credited to physical strengths, according to the training session.

Adama Traore and Michail Antonio are among the Premier League stars regularly praised for these athletic attributes.

In comparison, lighter-skinned players will be more likely to be celebrated for intelligence, work rate and quality.

A guide was sent out to attendees which read: “Is there a danger of spreading a perception that black players’ success is purely based on their athleticism and doesn’t require hard work and intelligence?

“Do you need to spend more time thinking about how to explain the variety of reasons for a black player’s success?”

Other terms such as uppity, blacklisted, black mark and whiter than white were also included in the list of phrases to avoid – with explanations of the racist connotations and possible alternatives provided.

The report adds that 450 people were involved in the call – which was run by the BBC in conjunction with the PFA, who recently concluded a study into everyday terms with racist connotations.

It is understood employees from Sky Sports, BT Sport, ITV, talkSPORT and Premier League production were also invited with Rio Ferdinand speaking and Sky’s Jessica Creighton anchoring the session.

The new Premier League season begins this weekend with Arsenal’s trip to Fulham the curtain-raiser on Saturday lunchtime.

And all of September’s matches will be shown live across the top flight’s four official UK rights holders – Sky Sports, BT Sport, the BBC and Amazon Prime Video.

A hastily-arranged virtual meeting of the 20 “shareholder” clubs saw them fold in the face of demands from fans and the Government.

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