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https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/bbc-football-pundit-steve-thompson-230820

 

BBC football pundit suspended for referring to players' scuffle as 'handbags'

 

BBC pundit Steve “Tommo” Thompson described an incident in the recent clash between Swindon Town and Lincoln City as "handbags", landing himself in hot water with the broadcasting giants.

 

Steve “Tommo” Thompson has been suspended by the BBC from his punditry duties after referring to a scuffle between two players as “handbags”.

The 65-year-old, who works as a freelancer, has been laid off for the rest of the year after complaints from listeners about the outdated phrase.

 

Thompson made the comment on BBC Radio Lincolnshire during Lincoln City’s 1-0 win at Swindon Town on Tuesday in the Sky Bet League One.

Explaining their decision, the BBC said the phrase "handbags" was not in line with their standards.

 

The broadcasting giants said: “After listeners raised concerns, Steve acknowledged some of his comments on air didn’t meet the standards we expect.

“He is taking a break but will be back in the New Year.”

 

However, several fans are campaigning for his reinstatement, insisting there is nothing malicious behind the intent.

 

Marcus Greatorex said: “It’s just an old term. The BBC should pay more attention to songs on their stations promoting knife crime and drug use.”

 

While Lincoln fan Bernard O’Mahoney added: “As any football fan knows, ‘handbags’ is an incredibly well-known saying.

“I can’t begin to think who’d be offended by it. The BBC has lost touch with the public.”

 

The term appears in the Collins Dictionary as “an incident in which people, especially sportsmen, fight or threaten to fight, but without real intent to inflict harm”.

 

 

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23 minutes ago, fudge27 said:

The world is fizzed. So pc these days. Bunch of ******** pansies

 

That's probably inevitable when people still read papers like The Mirror and Sun who seem to be the only ones reporting this. I say 'reporting' in the loosest possible sense considering they give no context and failed to expand on what Steve actually said or was specifically removed for, aside from it including the word "handbags" at some point.

 

A Lincoln fan forum seems to suggest he was well known for making repeated homophobic comments on-air and even stated that he was "going to finish himself off" after this particular game.

 

lol

https://forums.vitalfootball.co.uk/threads/thommo.110448/

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2 minutes ago, Dan™ said:

A Lincoln fan forum seems to suggest he was well known for making repeated homophobic comments on-air and even stated that he was "going to finish himself off" after this particular game.

 

Can't edit my post, but it was his co-commentator who said that last bit actually.

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11 hours ago, Dan™ said:

 

That's probably inevitable when people still read papers like The Mirror and Sun who seem to be the only ones reporting this. I say 'reporting' in the loosest possible sense considering they give no context and failed to expand on what Steve actually said or was specifically removed for, aside from it including the word "handbags" at some point.

 

A Lincoln fan forum seems to suggest he was well known for making repeated homophobic comments on-air and even stated that he was "going to finish himself off" after this particular game.

 

lol

https://forums.vitalfootball.co.uk/threads/thommo.110448/

 

Probably an element of truth in what you say. The headline that he has been banned for using the term 'handbags' is sensationalist and will get a lot of clickbait hits for these papers. I'd be surprised if the term handbags hasn't been used by more established pundits on match of the day or their Saturday scores programmes recently. 

 

As you say, the wider context is that he has probably been using inappropriate terms regularly - the referee would have been better off wearing a skirt for example is something you might expect to be said by someone down the pub but probably not on a BB commentary. Its not like he has been sacked, just got Christmas off to reflect on what the BBC consider to be appropriate when they freelance him.   

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18 hours ago, BIG D said:

 

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/bbc-football-pundit-steve-thompson-230820

 

BBC football pundit suspended for referring to players' scuffle as 'handbags'

 

BBC pundit Steve “Tommo” Thompson described an incident in the recent clash between Swindon Town and Lincoln City as "handbags", landing himself in hot water with the broadcasting giants.

 

Steve “Tommo” Thompson has been suspended by the BBC from his punditry duties after referring to a scuffle between two players as “handbags”.

The 65-year-old, who works as a freelancer, has been laid off for the rest of the year after complaints from listeners about the outdated phrase.

 

Thompson made the comment on BBC Radio Lincolnshire during Lincoln City’s 1-0 win at Swindon Town on Tuesday in the Sky Bet League One.

Explaining their decision, the BBC said the phrase "handbags" was not in line with their standards.

 

The broadcasting giants said: “After listeners raised concerns, Steve acknowledged some of his comments on air didn’t meet the standards we expect.

“He is taking a break but will be back in the New Year.”

 

However, several fans are campaigning for his reinstatement, insisting there is nothing malicious behind the intent.

 

Marcus Greatorex said: “It’s just an old term. The BBC should pay more attention to songs on their stations promoting knife crime and drug use.”

 

While Lincoln fan Bernard O’Mahoney added: “As any football fan knows, ‘handbags’ is an incredibly well-known saying.

“I can’t begin to think who’d be offended by it. The BBC has lost touch with the public.”

 

The term appears in the Collins Dictionary as “an incident in which people, especially sportsmen, fight or threaten to fight, but without real intent to inflict harm”.

 

 

You've mentioned something there that nobody dare comment on. Children can listen to the radio with songs calling women whores,  about shooting people, knives, gangs, drugs and guns and no one cares but use a phrase that "is not in line with their standards" and you're suspended. Who makes these rules, exactly who is offended by the common term "handbags" ?

I use a leisure centre where, in the changing rooms, the most offensive misogyinistic hateful songs are played through the speakers. Children are having swimming lessons so I once complained that it was not appropriate for children to listen to. I was viewed as an old fashioned f a r t. 

 

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22 minutes ago, Beighton Owl 87 said:

Dan Walker made a comment on bbc fa cup coverage last night saying something along the lines of man up to Dion Dublin and Micah Richards because they had four layers on or something. Let's hope this hasn't got back to the bbc executives. 

 

Nah, Dan Walkers from the same cut as Lineker. Can say anything and it gets pushed aside. 

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20 hours ago, BIG D said:

 

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/bbc-football-pundit-steve-thompson-230820

 

BBC football pundit suspended for referring to players' scuffle as 'handbags'

 

BBC pundit Steve “Tommo” Thompson described an incident in the recent clash between Swindon Town and Lincoln City as "handbags", landing himself in hot water with the broadcasting giants.

 

Steve “Tommo” Thompson has been suspended by the BBC from his punditry duties after referring to a scuffle between two players as “handbags”.

The 65-year-old, who works as a freelancer, has been laid off for the rest of the year after complaints from listeners about the outdated phrase.

 

Thompson made the comment on BBC Radio Lincolnshire during Lincoln City’s 1-0 win at Swindon Town on Tuesday in the Sky Bet League One.

Explaining their decision, the BBC said the phrase "handbags" was not in line with their standards.

 

The broadcasting giants said: “After listeners raised concerns, Steve acknowledged some of his comments on air didn’t meet the standards we expect.

“He is taking a break but will be back in the New Year.”

 

However, several fans are campaigning for his reinstatement, insisting there is nothing malicious behind the intent.

 

Marcus Greatorex said: “It’s just an old term. The BBC should pay more attention to songs on their stations promoting knife crime and drug use.”

 

While Lincoln fan Bernard O’Mahoney added: “As any football fan knows, ‘handbags’ is an incredibly well-known saying.

“I can’t begin to think who’d be offended by it. The BBC has lost touch with the public.”

 

The term appears in the Collins Dictionary as “an incident in which people, especially sportsmen, fight or threaten to fight, but without real intent to inflict harm”.

 

 

 

This is a joke innit?

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