Former Eire ahead Neil Francis has been sacked by Unbiased.ie following unacceptable feedback he made about Lions and Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith.
The Eire worldwide Francis was talking on the Irish publication’s Left Wing podcast when he made the comment about Smith, who’s of blended British and Filipino heritage and was born in Manila.
“A Harlequins out-half with a David Beckham haircut and an Oompa Loompa tan…you simply couldn’t throw him in,” stated Francis, who received 36 caps for Eire from 1987-1996.
Whereas he remark has since been edited out of the podcast, the unique quotes and audio have each been extensively shared on social media.
A spokesperson for Mediahuis Eire, writer of Unbiased.ie, stated: “Neil Francis’s remarks had been unacceptable and he has apologised for them. The feedback had been initially launched within the podcast final week however had been subsequently eliminated by our manufacturing workforce a short while later. This could have occurred earlier than it was launched and we apologise for the error.
“We acknowledge that Mr Francis says his feedback had been inadvertent however now we have determined to finish our relationship with him and he’ll now not write columns or contribute to our podcasts.”
Quins earlier stated in an announcement: “Harlequins is disgusted by racist feedback made by Unbiased.ie columnist Neil Francis on the paper’s rugby podcast, The Left Wing, about Harlequins, England and British and Irish Lions fly-half Marcus Smith on July 14.
“The membership firmly believes that there is no such thing as a room for racism in any a part of society, not to mention skilled sport.”
Former Quins star Ugo Monye, a former Lions and England wing, hit again at Francis on social media.
“The very fact Neil Francis stated what he did is appalling, however to publish it & nobody problem him is as equally appalling,” Monye tweeted.