Lord Sugar called out for “racist” tweet comparing Senegal World Cup team to “guys from the beach in Marbella” selling sunglasses

After initially defending his "joke", Lord Sugar has said he is "very sorry"

Senegal and Alan Sugar

The Apprentice’s Lord Sugar has issued a belated apology after coming under fire for his “offensive” tweet about the Senegalese World Cup football team.

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In a now-deleted tweet, the businessman posted an image of Senegalese players (but not actually from Tuesday’s match), with a blanket and rows of sunglasses and handbags photoshopped below it. He wrote: “I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multi-tasking resourceful chaps.”

There was an immediate backlash…

After around 20 minutes, Lord Sugar tweeted: “Just been reading the reaction to my funny tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella. Seems it has been interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people. Frankly I cant see that I think it’s funny. But I will pull it down if you insist.”

But after deleting the original, he carried on lashing out at critics. When BBC World News anchor Babita Sharma tweeted: “A shocking, vile tweet that you take a screen grab of because you know it will soon be deleted,” he responded: “If it is so vile why have you retweeted it. You make me sick.”

As his team presumably went into crisis management mode, Lord Sugar deleted his responses – and replaced them with a very different message: “I misjudged me earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.”

But not everyone is convinced…

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In a statement, the BBC said: “Lord Sugar has acknowledged this was a seriously misjudged tweet, and he’s in no doubt about our view on this. It’s right he’s apologised unreservedly.”


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