Ian Wright calls Alan Sugar ‘a fucking madness’ for Women’s Euro tweets

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An Wright called Lord Alan Sugar’s criticism of BBC Women’s Euro coverage “complete nonsense” and said the businessman’s grievances did not exist.

Last week, Sugar took to Twitter to complain that “ALL the commentators” at the tournament are women and claimed coverage of men’s football still includes “a token female commentator to cover the broadcasters”. [sic] ass”.

Jonathan Pearce is one of the BBC’s three main commentators for the tournament, along with Robyn Cowan and Vicki Sparks, while their pundits include Wright, Jonas Eidvall and Scott Booth, and there are a number of male voices on their coverage radio.

Wright was co-commentary for the BBC’s coverage of England’s record 8-0 win over Norway on Monday night and, quoting his previous tweet, Lord Sugar wrote: “I wonder if my previous tweet below hit a nerve. Of course BBC Sport won’t say at all, Ian was already lined up for that.”

Wright hit back in a video message to the former Tottenham chairman, saying his “ego is totally out of control” and stressing that he had been lined up for the delayed Euros for a year.

“Alan, the thing is my friend, rather than just saying ‘I got it wrong, a lot of men are working at all levels of the tournament’, you’ve doubled down on fucking madness,” said the former Arsenal striker.

“So in your mind you actually thought after you sent that tweet that the BBC phoned me – regardless of the fact that we’ve been willing to do this for a year, I’ve been booked for a year – you honestly think they called me and said, ‘Ian you gotta get back from Germany ASAP, Alan Sugar tweeted and we can’t upset him, we gotta get you in.’

“Do you honestly think this happened? Because I need to know. That tells me your ego is totally out of control! Where are the people around you to hug you bro?

“You need hugs man! Coming on Twitter to get attention like that is laughable. Stop doing it to yourself.”

Wright, who has long been a staunch supporter of women’s football, added that he often hears former players bashing the sport and joked that he hoped Lord Sugar would tweet again so he could watch the final group game of the Lionesses against Northern Ireland on Friday.

Ian Wright with Alex Scott at the AMEX Stadium in Brighton on Monday

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“But I have to say thank you for this tweet. Because if it wasn’t for you I would have missed one of the greatest games England have ever played!” he said.

“The thing is, seriously, I’m glad you’re watching. And the only thing you can find fault with isn’t even there. I’m sitting in rooms with ex-players who put the women’s game down all the time. I’m so glad it bothered you and all of them.

“Can I just say, I hope you enjoy the rest of the tournament. Can you please tweet again so I can work on Friday? Please. God bless you.”


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