Veteran commentator Clive Tyldesley has reportedly been sacked from attending future Soccer Aid matches after being criticized for shaming players at this year’s event.
The match aired on ITV in September and featured former players and celebrities clashing in a clash between England and the rest of the world in a bid to raise money for charity.
But according to The sun two England squad players Tom Davis and Chunkz were ‘devastated’ after being ‘ashamed’ by Tyldesley during his commentary on the game.
Commentator Clive Tyldesley reportedly sacked from Soccer Aid role
The 66-year-old has been charged with ‘big shame’ Tom Davis (left) and Chunkz (right)
Chunkz came to replace Davis in the first half of the clash at Old Trafford
Chunkz was a first-half substitute at the start, replacing offensive comedian Davis in the Old Trafford encounter which England lost on penalties following a 1-1 draw that lifted 11 million pounds sterling.
As the 24-year-old rapper arrived, Tyldesley said, “Tom Davis is about to be replaced, and by someone taller than him. “
Later in Chunkz, Tyldesley said he was so tall you could ‘take tours around him’.
An insider told The Sun: “Clive was told he would not be returning for Soccer Aid next year because of the comments he made.
“It was clear that even though Clive thought he was just laughing, no one really found his jokes funny, let alone Tom and Chunkz who made the biggest of them.
“Soccer Aid raises millions for children and is watched by children and young people across the UK. Making them listen to someone like Clive and then making fun of the players for their weight seems totally unacceptable.
“Clive understands why he won’t come back.
Tyldesley has broadcast some of the biggest football matches in the past 22 years
Tyldesley shared a video online earlier this summer, saying he was baffled by the decision to remove ITV’s main football commentary and replace him.
“And that will be presented as they bring new blood when it comes to the commentators for next year’s game.” “
The news ends a miserable year for the 66-year-old who was already replaced as ITV’s No.1 commentator after 22 years in the role in July.
Tyldesley was replaced by Sam Matterface as the channel’s lead commentator and expressed disappointment with the decision in a statement.
A video he made, in which he spoke of his anger at the move, has been viewed nearly 10 million times.
Tyldesley has since been signed by Americans CBS Sports to lead their Champions League commentary – along with former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports expert Jamie Carragher.