Sky Sports ‘bans commentators from using list of words associated with slavery’

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Sky Sports are reportedly drawing up a list of words and phrases associated with slavery which their commentators will be banned from saying on air.

Racism in football and the wider society has come into sharper focus following the killing of George Floyd by police in the USA.

And Sky will tell commentators, reporters and presenters to steer clear of certain terms, including ‘nitty-gritty’, report the Daily Mail.

It is part of the broadcaster’s commitment to ensuring reporters know the origins of the words and phrases they are using while on air.

The PFA and Kick It Out have reportedly been involved in extra sessions Sky have put on for their workforce in light of the increased calls for societal change.

Sky are reportedly set to make the changes

But one staff member told the Mail they believed the new advice had left them facing a ‘complete minefield’ while on air.

They added: “There are phrases that most people would have absolutely no idea would cause offence and that, to be frank, I’d be amazed if people were offended by.

“It’s making what is already a difficult job harder and it feels unnecessary.

“There are obvious things that should not be said and I think everyone believes that education on these issues needs to be improved, but this feels like we are tripping over ourselves.”

The results of a study earlier this week showed that football commentary promoted ‘deep-rooted racial stereotypes’.

Players and coaches across the Premier League continue to take a knee in each game prior to kick-off in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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But some pundits, including Jamie Redknapp and Patrice Evra, have opted against wearing BLM badges while on air.

There are concerns from some that the UK arm of the movement promotes a far-left political ideology.

A Sky statement said: “Our support is for the moral cause and campaign, that Black Lives Matter, rather than for any political organisation.”



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