John Inverdale Says Wimbledon Champ Marion Bartoli 'Will Never Be A Looker', BBC Apologises

BBC Apologises After Presenter Insults Wimbledon Champion

The BBC has been forced to apologise after one of its senior presenters suggested the women's Wimbledon champion was "never going to be a looker".

John Inverdale made the disparaging remark on the broadcaster's Radio 5 live programme shortly after French player Marion Bartoli defeated Germany's Sabine Lisicki on Centre Court.

Bartoli, 28, sank to her knees after she clinched the title and then made a beeline for the player's box where she embraced her father and former coach, Walter.

Bartoli dominated the women's final

But Inverdale sparked a backlash when he told listeners: "Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little, 'you're never going to be a looker, you'll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight?"

The comments sparked outrage on Twitter where one user branded the presenter a "sexist dinosaur" and another called for Inverdale to be stripped of his job.

There were called for John Inverdale to be sacked

Richard Kent said: "John Inverdale needs to go. @bbc5live Are you going to allow him to carry on? Comments re Bartoli are appalling."

Another Twitter user said: "Ooops John Inverdale maybe falling on his sword me thinks, sexist dinosaur!"

The BBC later apologised for the comments.

"We accept that this remark was insensitive and for that we apologise," a spokesman said.

Inverdale had been presenting from the women's final at Wimbledon.

Earlier Inverdale told his listeners that he poked fun at the player's looks "in a nice way".

He added: "She is an incredible role model for people who aren't born with all the attributes of natural athletes".


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