N-word controversy at awards

The Professional Footballers’ Association have accused a comedian of making “offensive” remarks during his stand-up routine at their awards ceremony – and have him to return his payment.

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PFA want money back from ‘offensive’ comedian

Reginald D Hunter during the PFA Player of the Year Awards 2013 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. Credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport

The Professional Footballers’ Association have accused a comedian of making “offensive” remarks during his stand-up routine at their awards ceremony – and have him to return his payment.

Reginald D Hunter is accused of breaching a verbal contract after he repeatedly use the word “’n*****” and make jokes about Jews and women.

PFA deputy chief executive Bobby Barnes told the Daily Telegraph: “We are in discussions with our lawyer and our lawyer is in discussion with the London Speaker Bureau, who we booked him through.”

On his official Facebook page, Hunter appeared to respond to criticism by entitling a collection of photos from the evening “The PFA Awards - the gig. Aka ‘Irony's Annual Night Off’”.

Under one picture of him performing, a caption reads: “Reginald D Hunter washing out the dirty taste of racism with a little ginger ale.”

Comedian choice was 'gross error of judgement'

The PFA chairman admitted it was a "really gross error of judgement" choosing comedian Reginald D Hunter to perform at last night's awards dinner, the Daily Mail reported.

He told the newspaper:

As the chairman I am embarrassed. I apologise unreservedly and it won’t happen again on my watch.

I thought that we made a really gross error of judgement in who we selected for our entertainment last night. I was embarrassed.

All that has gone on in football over the past few years, with everything that we purport to stand for, his set was inappropriate, it really was.

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N-word use condemned 'irrespective of context'

The Let's Kick Racism Out of Football campaign has told ITV News they condemn the use of the n-word "irrespective of context" after comedian Reginald D Hunter's controversial performance at the PFA awards last night.

It is a matter for the PFA and enquiries related to it should be directed there.

Kick It Out condemns racial slurs, the use of the n-word irrespective of context, and will act on any complaints made to the organisation on it.

– Let's Kick Racism Out of Football statement

Comedian causes controversy at PFA awards

Comedian Reginald D Hunter caused controversy at the PFA awards last night by repeatedly using the word "n*****."

US comedian Reginald D Hunter. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Hunter, who appears regularly on Have I Got News For You, started his set with a joke about Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was banned for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra last season.

The audience included former Chelsea player Paul Elliott, who resigned from the FA for using the word "n*****" in a text message, and the association's chairman David Bernstein who stripped John Terry of the England captaincy after an incident with Anton Ferdinand.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor reportedly dismissed the controversy, saying: "Well he's a comedian, isn't he?"

Gareth Bale 'very proud' of PFA awards

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Gareth Bale, who won the English Professional Footballers' Association player of the year and young player of the year awards last night, has tweeted:

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Profile: Player of the Year Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is considered one of the most talented left-wingers in the world. His specialism in free kicks, speed and offensive style of play have earned him acclaim.

  • Age 23
  • Began professional career playing left-back at Southampton
  • Joined Tottenham Hotspur in May 2007 for a fee of £7.5m
  • Ability at taking free kicks compared with that of Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Despite being eligible to play for England he has chosen to play for Wales so far
  • Previously won PFA Player of the Year in 2011

Gareth Bale wins PFA footballer of the year award

Gareth Bale has been named this year's player of the year by the English Professional Footballers' Association (PFA).

Winner of the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year, Gareth Bale Credit: PA Wire

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder also became only the third person to win the title in the same season as winning young player of the year.

The 23-year-old Wales international, who also won the main award in 2011, has scored 19 Premier League goals this season - a tally bettered only by Manchester United striker Robin van Persie with 25 and controversial Liverpool forward Luis Suarez with 23.

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