Ian Wright came out on top against "racially motivated" abuse of black and female experts after Sky Sports decided to dismiss Matt Le Tissier, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas from their positions on Saturday Football.
It was announced on Wednesday that the trio, long-time experts on Jeff Stelling's hugely popular program, were dropped ahead of the upcoming season.
Following the announcement, Micah Richards, Alex Scott, and Clinton Morrison are just a few of the names suggested to replace them.
The news received mixed reaction on social media, prompting former Arsenal striker Wright to overhaul his car and post a heartfelt video on social media urging users to stop the racist comments.
The Arsenal legend said: “Racism is going through the roof today. Can someone just answer me: What do Micah Richards, Alex Scott, Sol Campbell, Clinton Morrison, or any other black expert have to do with Sky's decision to get rid of these guys?
“All because three middle-aged white men have the sack.
Former Manchester City striker Micah Richards shares a joke with colleague Roy Keane ahead of City against Liverpool in July
Alex Scott (center) next to the expert Jamie Redknapp and the moderator Scott Minto
Jeff Stelling, who anchors the popular show, described it as "one of my saddest days ever".
Ian Wright started a defense from Alex Scott, Micah Richards and other black experts
Alex Scott replied to the video posted by Ian Wright with four love heart emojis
Richards said the suggestion of tweets linking him and Alex Scott leads to some "unpleasant truths".
“I kiss my teeth, say Raasclaat and all these things. What have you done? What did these people do?
“Because a black person or woman could get the opportunity to do this job. You might get a chance to do this show. Why are people upset? & # 39 ;.
Scott was trending on Twitter tonight, with many hailing her as one of the most talented football experts in the country. But she was also hit by a lot of sexist tweets.
Richards has also received the support of many football fans for his energetic and learned views since he hung his boots and became an expert. He was also abused on Twitter.
The former Manchester City star tweeted Wednesday night, saying, "I saw I have a trend today regarding a brilliant and institutional Sky Sports television show that I've never been on."
"The underlying hint of tweets instantly linking my and Alex Scott's names makes for some uncomfortable truths. Peace and Love"
Scott, who played for Arsenal Women, has grown into a prominent expert over the past few years who has worked on Sky Sports and the BBC.
Wright described Scott as "one of the best prepared experts out there".
Wright also praised former Manchester City and Aston Villa defender Richards, who recently became an expert after completing his playing career.
He said, “Alex Scott is easily one of the best prepared experts out there for me. Light. Micah Richards, the most exciting expert in years. Keep their names off your smelly, unbrushed teeth.
Some of the comments on social media were less supportive of Micah Richards and Alex Scott than the new football Saturday experts
“These guys, Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson, have had an incredible run. It was a great show. It happens to everyone in the industry. This is Sky's decision to move the show forward, and guess what? I wish you all the best.
“Yeah, you may be disappointed that it's over for these guys. But they did an excellent job.
“But why does it have to be driven in a racist way? What does this have to do with Black Lives Matter or the fact that blacks are given the opportunity to get these jobs? What? & # 39 ;.
Scott responded to Wright's tweet with four heart emojis.
Following the decision to fire Le Tissier, Thompson and Nicholas, Stelling tweeted, “One of my saddest days at Sky Sports with the departure of three of my best friends. You were part of a team that was the best for me. & # 39;
Micah Richards presents a game at Etihad Stadium. The former Manchester City player has proven to be a popular addition to the team with fans
Le Tissier broke his Twitter silence on Wednesday to thank those he worked with
Some Twitter users criticized black and female experts after Sky Sports fired Phil Thompson, Charlie Nicholas and Matt Le Tissier (pictured)
Nicholas, who has been on Football Saturday for many years, is among those fired
All three men were reportedly told during a meeting with broadcasters on Tuesday that their time on the legendary show had come to an end.
Former Southampton superstar and English star Le Tissier, 51, were a hugely popular member of host Stelling's Saturday team, although he has been controversial several times in the past.
Earlier this season, Le Tissier caused a stir when he responded to comments on his and Sky's public support for the BLM (Black Lives Matter) campaign, saying he would rate his personal stance.
Le Tissier said he had been asked by bosses to wear the Black Lives Matter badge, but stressed that he could not support the anti-police and capitalist goals of the cause.
The 51-year-old attacked the movement's "left-wing extremist ideology" – when the black footballer Karl Henry described the group as "divisive".
Earlier this month, Le Tissier announced that he would be temporarily leaving the social media platform Twitter and said he had been repeatedly attacked by cyber bullies trying to force him out of his job.
A number of social media users endorsed Wright, Scott, and Richards
Longtime expert and former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson will also leave
Thompson said his 22 years on the show were "great" and wished the show the best of luck in the future
Sky Sports asked the presenters to wear the Black Lives Matter pin
Following the return of football after the coronavirus pandemic, attention withdrew from the field after Matt Le Tissier claimed TV bosses asked him to wear a Black Lives Matter badge during Saturday's football.
In an exclusive conversation with MailOnline, Le Tissier said he was totally against racism, but disagreed with some of the protest groups' goals.
He said the heads of Sky had asked him and other experts to wear the logo for their appearances, and he agreed, but pointed out that he supported "the cause, not the organization."
Outside his home near Southampton, Hants, he said, “I just disagree with some points about this movement – especially the defunding of the police and the anti-capitalist points.
'They are the two main points for me. I'm pretty glad they're taking their point, but that's mine and that's where I sit.
“I think a lot of people in the country would agree with me.
“I will still wear the badge because of course I believe black lives are important. It's a simple thing
"I agree, but there are parts of the organization that I just cannot support."
When asked if Sky Sports experts had been asked to wear the badge, Le Tissier laughed and said, "We were asked to wear it."
Sky Sports said none of the presenters were required to wear the badge.
The legend of Southampton had been voiced on social media on a variety of topics, including the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Following personal criticism, the retired playmaker published a detailed statement on his position before later denying that he identified himself as an "anti-Vaxxer".
Le Tissier had written: “Yes, I have made mistakes and errors of judgment in the past, which I regret, but I believe that the good I have done far outweighs the mistakes.
“I have great empathy for anyone who loses someone close to them for health reasons. I recently lost my grandpa so I know how it feels.
“You trolls and bots out there trying to disparage me with your derogatory remarks to find out that I'm a carefree person who has no empathy. You couldn't be further from the truth, and I am incredibly sorry that there is so little joy in your life that you resort to it.
"I really hope you will be happy soon."
Le Tissier returned to Twitter after the news of his departure and wrote: “I enjoyed my time at Sky Sports, time to look forward to the next challenge in life, thanks for the support over the years and special thanks to the backroom team. .. good luck, everyone is having a great day. & # 39;
He later replied to Ian Wright's video and said, "I totally agree with you @ IanWright0, excellent point, well done, racism should be totally excluded from this, but from one middle-aged guy to another I thought I had a decent job made."
Like Le Tissier, former Liverpool captain Thompson was a major staple on Sky broadcasting and was seen as a charismatic figure on the show.
Speaking on Twitter after being fired, he said, "I've had a great 22 years at @SkySports.
I enjoyed every minute with some amazing people on the show and behind the scenes with what made it the legendary show it is today. Good luck to Sky, Jeff, Merse and the new gang on @SoccerSaturday.
Thompson, Le Tissier, and Nicholas regularly exchanged jibes with one another, screaming instantly recognizable cries of joy or fear at goals or near misses.
Sky Sports is now expected to bring in new faces for the upcoming campaign to freshen up the popular soccer show and keep soccer Saturday updated.
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