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Football pundit Stan Collymore slammed for ‘homophobic’ tweet

Joseph McCormick December 2, 2014

Former footballer turned pundit Stan Collymore has been criticised by anti-homophobia groups for a tweet in which he used the word “fairies” to describe players who dive.

Collymore tweeted in reference to the controversial decision to caution Sergio Aguero of Manchest City, who took a tumble in Southampton’s penalty area on Sunday.

Making reference to racehorse Devon Lock, who fell inexplicably despite looking set to win the 1956 Grand National, Collymore said: “Easiest thing to slaughter a ref. Maybe if they didn’t have so many fairies going down like Devon Lock we’d get less confused decisions.”

Campaign group Football v Homophobia condemned the tweet as “homophobic”, telling ITV: “Whatever you think about diving… homophobic abuse is unacceptable.”

More: fairies, football, Homophobia, slur, Stan Collymore, tweet, Twitter

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