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Sky sack Bris­tow for call­ing paedo coach vic­tims ‘wimps’

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By BECCA STUBBS becca@sun­daysport.co.uk

FOR­MER darts World Cham­pion Eric Bris­tow has been SACKED by Sky Sports fol­low­ing his com­ments about the foot­ball abuse scan­dal.

Eric, 59, went on a Twit­ter rant about the is­sue cur­rently en­gulf­ing foot­ball and branded the vic­tims “wimps” and sug­gested they weren’t “proper men”.

It at­tracted heavy crit­i­cism from fans and Sky Sports have now ditched the darts leg­end ahead of their cov­er­age of next month’s PDC World Cham­pi­onships.

The five-times champ sparked out­rage when he said: “Might be a looney but if some foot­ball coach was touch­ing me when I was a kid, as I got older I would have went back and sorted that poof out.” CHECK­OUT: Bris­tow has been given the boot

He also said: “Darts play­ers tough guys foot­ballers wimps” and added in another tweet “Bet the rugby boys are OK.”

So­cial me­dia re­acted fu­ri­ously, brand­ing him ‘out of touch’ and call­ing him a ‘f**king dis­grace’.

A state­ment from Sky Sports said: “He was a con­trib­u­tor to our darts cov­er­age in the past but we will not be us­ing him in the fu­ture.”

Over 20 ex-foot­ballers have made al­le­ga­tion of child sex abuse with sev­eral waiv­ing their anonymity to raise aware­ness of his­tor­i­cal abuse in the sport.

Steve Wal­ters, a for­mer Crewe player, is one of the foot­ballers to have come for­ward about his or­deal and said he was “dis­gusted” by Eric’s re­marks.

He has al­leged he was abused by for­mer Crewe coach and con­victed paedo Barry Ben­nell as a youth player.

Eric was made an MBE in 1989. His tweet has been deleted.

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