04/07/2014 04:10 BST | Updated 04/07/2014 04:59 BST

Mark Lawrenson's 'Sexist' Comment During Argentina V Switzerland Sees BBC Receive 172 Complaints

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John Motson (l) and Mark Lawrenson commentate in the stands at St Jakob-Park

Mark Lawrenson's World Cup commentary has drawn further criticism after the BBC received 140 complaints following a sexist remark he made during Argentina's last 16 win against Switzerland.

With the scoreline goalless in the first-half, Swiss striker Josip Drmić was sent through one-on-one with Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero but risibly dinked the ball into his midriff. Lawrenson quipped he "should have put a skirt on".

The BBC said: "We acknowledge that the remark by commentator Mark Lawrenson about Switzerland's Josip Drmić was inappropriate and we apologise for any offence caused by it."

Other members of the BBC's World Cup commentary team have already been derided during the World Cup.

Phil Neville, making his co-commentary debut in England's 2-1 defeat to Italy, was branded "boring" and there was much hilarity at Jonathan Pearce's expense after he was left confused by goal-line technology.

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