Lions angered by 'offensive' Smith slur

British and Irish Lions angered by 'offensive' description of fly-half Marcus Smith on Irish Independent podcast

7/23/2021 11:37:00 PM

British and Irish Lions angered by 'offensive' description of fly-half Marcus Smith on Irish Independent podcast

The British and Irish Lions and Harlequins both express anger over former Ireland international Neil Francis' description of fly-half Marcus Smith.

Smith was part of the Harlequins side that won the Premiership title earlier this yearThe British and Irish Lions and Harlequins have both criticised former Ireland international Neil Francis' "offensive" description of fly-half Marcus Smith.

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Francis, 57, made a comment about Smith's skin colour in an episode of the Irish Independent's Left Wing podcast, which was published on 14 July but drew attention on social media this week."We find the remarks relating to Marcus Smith offensive and have written to the Independent to express our deep dissatisfaction," said the Lions.

Harlequins, who have also written to the newspaper, said they were "disgusted" by the "racist" comments made by Francis.external-link"I would never intentionally or wilfully make a comment to disparage somebody on the basis of the colour of anyone's skin. Never! The comments have been interpreted differently from what I intended and I apologise sincerely for that. headtopics.com

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