Voice of BBC darts faces investigation after shocking audience with vile racist jokes
BBC 'appalled' by vile jokes
Compere Martin Fitzmaurice apologies and claims it was 'banter'
Asian teenage prodigy Jordan Singh was in the crowd in Fife, Scotland
British Darts Organisation launch investigation
06:34 GMT, 10 April 2013
13:14 GMT, 10 April 2013
The British Darts Organisation (BDO) have vowed to investigate vile racist jokes by the man dubbed the voice of BBC darts.
Compere Martin Fitzmaurice – famous for his catchphrase 'Let's play
darts' – was forced to apologise after he shocked an audience with remarks about Asians and black people.
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Controversy: Darts compere Martin Fitzmaurice
Out of order: Fitzmaurice has apologised for his vile remarks
The 73-year-old's offensive comments came when he thought cameras were
off during a break at the British International between Scotland and England in Fife, Scotland on Sunday.
Among the audience was 14-year-old British Asian prodigy Jordan Singh.
Fitzmaurice told The Sun: 'It was banter. I apologise if I offended anybody.'
Under investigation: The BDO have launched a probe
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Both the BDO and the Scottish Darts Association (SDA) condemned the 'offensive comments'.
a statement, the BDO said: 'The British Darts Organisation apologises
unreservedly for the fact that racially offensive comments were made by
MC Martin Fitzmaurice at the BDO British Internationals in Scotland on
Sunday, April 7th and streamed over the internet.
BDO wishes to make it clear that it does not tolerate racism in any
shape or form, and a full enquiry is already taking place into this
accordance with BDO rules on racism, Martin Fitzmaurice has been made
fully aware of the seriousness of his actions and will be required to
face a disciplinary hearing in front of the BDO Board.'
A BBC spokesman said: 'As someone who has appeared in previous
tournaments we have televised we are appalled by the alleged remarks.'
Match up: Fitzmaurice was at the international between England (above) and Scotland (below)
Image taken from the Scottish Darts Association of the Scotland Men's team. Photo: Evert Zomer/www.evertzomer.nl
VIDEO: Fitzmaurice caught on camera making offensive comments
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