Glenn Hoddle at the centre of yet another Sky Sports scandal

Sky Sports were at the centre of a fresh scandal last night after Glenn Hoddle was accused of making an inappropriate joke about the Chinese live on air.

The former England manager, who was dismissed by the Football Association in 1999 for highly-offensive remarks about the disabled, was providing co-commentary for Sky’s broadcast of the Fulham v Chelsea Barclays Premier League clash at Craven Cottage.

Hoddle seemingly caused Sky fresh embarrassment because of the way he responded to the sight of Fernando Torres squandering a goalscoring opportunity in the 0-0 draw.

Hot water: Hoddle's remarks have resulted in uproar

Hot water: Glenn Hoddle's remarks have resulted in uproar

During the encounter, Twitter became awash with accusations of Hoddle jokingly comparing Chelsea’s out-of-form £50million signing to the ‘Chinese player Knee Shin Toe’.

A clip of the commentary was posted on YouTube within hours of the incident.

Ironically, Hoddle was employed as a replacement for the disgraced Andy Gray, who was sacked by the broadcaster last month for sexist remarks.

The comments could end any hope Hoddle may have had of securing a permanent role as a co-commentator at the broadcaster.


And Sky bosses may well be called upon today to issue another apology about an inappropriate comment, just at the point when they were hoping to move on from the Gray-Richard Keys affair.

Hoddle caused a major storm when he gave an interview in 1999, claiming that the disabled are being punished for something in a previous life.

‘You and I have been physically given two hands and two legs and half-decent brains,’ he said. ‘Some people have not been born like that for a reason. The karma is working from another lifetime. I have nothing to hide about that. It is not only people with disabilities. What you sow, you have to reap.’

Tony Blair, then the Prime Minister, was among those who heavily criticised Hoddle and the FA responded by sacking him soon afterwards.