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Fans left ‘sickened’ by Sky Sports commentator’s insensitive Croydon tram reference

Seven people were killed when a Croydon tram derailed in 2016

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.

Leslie’s take on Palace’s performance didn’t go down too well with fans watching at home

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Leslie’s take on Palace’s performance didn’t go down too well with fans watching at home

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.

A Crystal Palace shirt is left at the scene of the Croydon tram derailment

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A Crystal Palace shirt is left at the scene of the Croydon tram derailment

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.


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