The BBC have sacked former Derby County player, Craig Ramage, after he criticised the Ram’s ‘young black lads’ on a local radio station.

Max Lowe of Derby County looks on during a pre-season friendly match between Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Pride Park on July 28, 2018 in Derby, England.
DERBY, ENGLAND – JULY 28: Max Lowe of Derby County looks on during a pre-season friendly match between Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Pride Park on July 28, 2018 in Derby, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Ramage, a former midfielder for Derby, made the remarks on a post-match show on BBC Radio Derby. He said: “When I look at certain players, their body language, their stance, the way they act, you just feel, hold on a minute, he needs pulling down a peg or two.

“So I’d probably say that about all the young black lads, all the young advice if they wanted it that, you know, it’s about, when you are struggling for form, you are going through a sticky patch, it’s about going back to basics, working hard, and doing the right things.”

The BBC then issued a statement saying they would no longer be working with Ramage.

A Derby player, Max Lowe, took to Instagram to say, “As a young black footballer making my way in the game, I was shocked by comments made by one of the analysts on BBC Radio Derby’s Sportscene programme after our 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.

“Racial ignorance, stereotyping and intolerance negatively affects the image of impressionable young footballers and creates an unnecessary divide in society.”

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