Angry caller clashes with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown over controversial Leicester City FC tweet

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. Image: Getty

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

An angry caller accused journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown of disrespecting the dead after she tweeted about the death of Leicester City FC owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Ms Alibhai-Brown appeared on the Matthew Wright show to defend her controversial Twitter post, in which she referred to Mr Srivaddhanaprabha as a "foreigner, cosmopolitan 'person of nowhere'".


Controversial tweet

The tweet posted by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

The tweet read: "Listen to how they mourn for a man who was a foreigner, cosmopolitan, 'person of nowhere' in Theresa May's words. What do your white nativist influencers have to say about that??".



During her appearance on the show, a caller from Brighton, named John, accused the journalist of using Mr Srivaddhanaprabha's death to "have a go" at Theresa May.

"You should never, ever, ever use somebody else's death to make a point," the caller said.


'You do not use somebody else's death to make a point'

Tributes to Leicester City FC owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. Image: Getty

"I don't care if you're the Queen of flipping Sheba, you do not use somebody else's death to make a point to have a go at the Prime Minister."

Defending the tweet, Ms Alibhai-Brown said if Mr Srivaddhanaprabha had been her father, she still would have written the post.



"I would still have tweeted to say what a great guy he was, what a lot of support he had, if he was the chap who brough a city together yes," she said. 

"I did not disrespect the dead. I respected him hugely."