Matt Le Tissier has questioned Ian Wright’s decision to boycott Match of The Day in solidarity with Gary Lineker.
The former Sky Sports pundit said Wright showed little sympathy for himself, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson when they lost their jobs on Soccer Saturday.
Speaking on GB News, Le Tissier has come out gunning for the Arsenal icon in a bitter tirade in which he dragged up previous comments made by Wright in August 2020.
Le Tissier said on GB News: “It’s really interesting as Ian is taking a stand for his mate and fellow TV worker.
“But what’s really interesting about it is that if you go back three years and have a look at the reaction of Ian Wright to the sacking of myself, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas and you will see that reaction is completely contradictory to the way he acted to this.
“It’s all very well taking this stand but you know, let’s show a bit of consistency with this Wrighty. If you’re watching you know what I’m on about.
“He certainly didn’t stand in solidarity with the three of us. It was a case of old people that have had their time and it’s time to move onto some younger people. It was along those lines. It shouldn’t be too hard to find it.”
Wright said back in August 2020 during a passionate defence of fellow black pundits: “I’ve had to pull the car over. The racism is going through the roof today,” Wright said in August 2020 before declaring his sympathy with the former Sky Sports trio for losing their jobs.
“Somebody answer me this: what does Micah Richards, Alex Scott, Sol Campbell, Clinton Morrison or any other black pundit have to do with Sky’s decision to get rid of these guys, all because three middle aged white guys have got the sack?
“What have these guys done? Because a black person or woman might get the opportunity to do this job? Why are people upset?
“Micah Richards is the most exciting pundit we’ve seen in years. Keep their names out of your stinking, unbrushed teeth mouths.
“Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas, Phil Thompson, they’ve had an unbelievable run, it’s been a great show. This happens to everyone in the industry.
“This is Sky’s decision to evolve the show. And I wish them all the very best. Yes, you can be disappointed that it’s come to an end for those guys, they’ve done brilliantly.
“But why does it have to be racially driven? What’s it got to do with Black Lives Matter or the fact that black people may get an opportunity to get those jobs? What?”
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