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Martin Tyler clarifies comment after being slammed for Hillsborough and hooliganism link

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Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler has "wholeheartedly" apologised for any misunderstanding after referencing Hillsborough and hooliganism in the same sentence.

Tyler, 76, mentioned the Hillsborough disaster and hooliganism while discussing the formation of the Premier League on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday morning.

"We regret that we did not robustly challenge Martin Tyler on a comment which appeared to link Hillsborough and hooliganism," said a BBC spokesperson.

"This morning while discussing various crises facing football 30 years ago, I referred to some examples including the Hillsborough disaster and also controversy over hooliganism at matches," explained Tyler shortly after his live interview with the BBC.

"These are two separate issues.

"Martin has since apologised for the comment and clarified that these were separate examples and he did not intend to conflate the two."

"Exceptionally crass comments from Martin Tyler on BBC Radio 4 - a man who should know much better," tweeted Rotherham.
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