Sky Sports apologises after Souness comments towards Erik Lamela

Tottenham winger Erik Lamela has received an apology from Sky Sports following comments made from pundit Graeme Souness on Sunday.

The Argentine was involved in a spat with Anthony Martial that led to the French attacker’s dismissal.

While the incident left United with 10 men for a large period of the game, Spurs were deserving winners.

Despite taking the lead early on through a Bruno Fernandes penalty, United soon found themselves behind, and eventually capitulated 6-1  to suffer a huge defeat.

Souness, however, was left livid by Lamela’s actions and ended up making a racist stereotype towards the Argentine as he reviewed the incident.

“If Martial is going then Lamela has to go,” he said on Sky Sports. “He raises his hands, Martial lashes out, it’s like a tickle across your chops and he’s gone down.

“It is pathetic. It’s very Latin. If one goes, both have to go. It’s pathetic. Is this what the English game is about? We, the Brits, do it differently. I’ve played in a Latin country, I’ve worked in Latin countries, I know how they see the game.

“Lamela will sleep well tonight thinking he has done a great piece of work for his team. That is not us.”


However, Souness’ rant prompted presenter David Jones to offer an apology to viewers.

“Now I have to say before we go, earlier in the show we were critical of Erik Lamela’s part in Anthony Martial’s sending off in the Manchester United-Spurs game,” Jones said.

“We’d like to apologise for any offence that was caused and the stereotyping of the Latin culture.”

Tottenham or Lamela are yet to comment on the incident.


Mourinho revels in win at Old Trafford

Old Gunnar Solskjaer was left with nowhere to hide and offered no excuses for United’s humbling.

Jose Mourinho, though, was in no mood to suggest that Tottenham were a little fortunate in that moment, aiming a subtle dig at United for the way decisions supposedly go in their favour.

“I didn’t watch it,” he said of the incident. “Maybe later I will.

“If someone can cry about the VAR decisions it is Tottenham and if someone cannot cry about VAR it is Manchester United for sure.

“I don’t know, the only thing I know is we played extremely well. I told my players that a good result here would be to win and we did that.”

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