Friday, November 09, 2012
Must not object to loud grunting on a sportsfield?
The boss of the UK's biggest taxi firm apologised today for comparing a deaf footballer who 'grunts' during matches to female tennis players.
Millionaire Addison Lee chairman and leading Tory donor John Griffin appeared to crack the joke at the expense of Potters Bar’s deaf footballer Daniel Ailey.
The non-league striker was abused by Grays Athletic fans in a midweek match last month for the way he communicates with his team-mates.
Police were called when some of the fans started making loud grunting noises mocking the way he gets the attention of his fellow players.
The 69-year-old mini cab boss involved in the row by sending an e-mail from his Addison Lee account to his local paper comparing the noises made by Ailey to those of female tennis stars, such as Maria Sharapova.
His comments were made public sparking anger from charities, and today he issued an apology for causing any offence.