Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler accused of ‘racist’ comment about Son Heung-min

Sky Sports have spoken to Martin Tyler over a comment about Heung-Min Son which could have been deemed offensive.

The 77-year-old was in the gantry at Anfield on Sunday for Liverpool’s dramatic 4-3 win over Spurs.

Spurs fought back from 3-0 down to draw level with Richarlison’s first goal of the season in stoppage time, only to concede a Diogo Jota winner moments later after a costly Lucas Moura error.

It was a pulsating affair but Tyler, Sky’s main commentator, received plenty of backlash for a line about South Korea star Son.

The forward was on the scoresheet in the seven-goal thriller but also received a yellow card for a cynical foul on Cody Gakpo.

Tyler compared the challenge to something out of “martial arts”, which caused a stir with many viewers, who perceived it as “racist” because Son is Asian.

Tottenham’s Son Heung-min fouls Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo during Sunday’s match (Image: PA)

Sky stress that no offence was intended by admitted conversations with Tyler had taken place.

“Martin Tyler has been reminded of need for care with his wording,” a Sky Sports spokesperson toldThe Mirror.

“No offence was intended.”

Tyler has been a commentator for Sky Sports for over 30 years now and described some of the most iconic moments in Premier League history.

But he has been come under fire in recent years for his choice of wording when on air. During Ukraine’s World Cup play-off game against Wales, he said Ukraine goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan would “soldier on” – which was seen as a little tasteless given the war going on in the country.

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Tyler did then quickly apologise, adding: “apologies if I’ve used that word inappropriately there.”

In the summer, the former Woking FC coach was slammed for describing the Hillsborough disaster as a “hooligan related issue” during an appearance on BBC Radio 4.

Both Tyler and the BBC apologised as a result of the negative reaction.

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