Fans tuning in to Sky Sports’ lunchtime kick-off between Leicester and Crystal Palace were ‘sickened’ by an ill-judged reference from commentator Bill Leslie.
Leslie made a reference to a Croydon tram in the immediate aftermath of the Eagles’ second goal.
Just after Wilfried Zaha had scored Palace’s second to give his side a rare two-goal lead away from home, Leslie said: “It’s like the old Croydon tram isn’t it? You wait eight months for one and then two come along in the space of half an hour?”
Seven people were killed when a Croydon tram derailed in November last year and viewers were appalled by the reference.
The comment was followed by 45 seconds of on-air silence before Leslie and co-commentator Danny Higginbotham continued to call the action.
Sky Sports are yet to offer an apology to anyone offended by the comment.
Palace took a two-nil lead into the second half with Christian Benteke breaking the deadlock before Zaha’s well-taken second.