A VETERAN journalist has triggered outrage in horse racing circles after utilizing “racist and homophobic” remarks on his web site.
James Underwood, 89, made the abhorrent feedback in his subscription web site European Racing & Breeding Digest, based on the Day by day Mail.
The author’s vile rant in full learn: “One doesn’t think about that black individuals or different ethnic minorities are concerned with going racing.
“They like soccer, like most individuals right here who spend slabs of time watching it and different ball video games in a life that may be written off as balls.
“Racing might ship a ship to Libya to save lots of plenty of black individuals within the terrible refugee centres there to be settled in lodging at Kelso and Southwell – however they’d quickly be hitching a raise to East London.
“As for the gays they might quickly discover that the racing crowd isn’t very sympathetic to their lifestyle and in the event that they couldn’t get into the stables to satisfy the lads there they’d quickly be bored.”
Horse racing our bodies have reacted swiftly to the poisonous feedback, with many already cancelling their subscriptions to the publication and chopping all ties with Underwood.
British Horseracing Authority (BHA) govt director Will Lambe was one high-profile determine to slam Underwood.
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Lambe reportedly emailed the journalist to tell him the BHA would alert your entire horse racing business to his sick rant.
Lambe wrote: “There may be no place in our sport for such appalling views. Respect and inclusivity are integral values of British horseracing.
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“These statements are patently racist and homophobic. We will not stand for, nor turn a blind eye to such comments.”
On Wednesday, Underwood attempted to defend his disgraceful words.
He claimed: “I was trying to get from one subject to another. I realise now that I got it wrong, but I come for a different age.”