Rachel Riley accused of 'racism' over football tweet

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Television presenter Rachel Riley has faced accusations of racism over a tweet directed at an Indian football fan last night.

The Countdown regular had posted a joke about the Manchester United team and received a response from a user called Supriyo Banerjee who said she was a “plastic glory hunter” because she supports the northern Premier League side despite not being from the region.

Riley replied: “Says arsenal fan in India” along with a string of laughing emojis.

The term “plastic glory hunter” refers to a person that supports a team because of its success or popularity.

The comment attracted criticism online, with one account writing: “To suggest a person cannot be an Arsenal fan because he lives in India is a bigoted sentiment.”

Another user labelled Riley “one of the nastiest most racist demons on Twitter” and called for her to be banned from the platform.

But the 34-year-old stood by her remark, tweeting: “For the wilfully obtuse... It might be considered ironic, for someone supporting a club half way around the world, to call someone else a “plastic glory hunter”. End of.”

talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer defended Riley, asking “are we genuinely living in a mad world?”

She said: “We all understood the joke because we’re not idiots and we’re not looking to find offence in every single quarter.”

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