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Steve Thompson only fell to the BBC next year after three comments in the match against Accrington

Football connoisseur Steve Thompson is FALLED by the BBC until next year after referring to ‘handbags’, ‘the referee’s wife’ and telling a player he ‘should have worn a skirt better’ during Accrington’s match with Lincoln

  • Steve Thompson, 65, used the phrase ‘handbags’ to describe a scuffle in a match
  • The incident took place during Lincoln’s goalless draw in Accrington last week
  • The BBC says the ‘handbags’ comment did not meet the standards we expect’
  • Thompson is said to have been ‘devastated’ over a decision that left fans shocked

BBC pundit Steve ‘Tommo’ Thompson has not commented on the radio until 2021 after making comments referring to ‘handbags’ and ‘the referee’s wife’ during a match against Accrington Stanley.

The 65-year-old former Lincoln City player and manager freelances commentary on the Imps games for BBC Radio Lincolnshire, but has been fired until next year.

His ‘handbag’ comment during Lincoln’s goalless draw at Accrington in League One last Saturday resulted in complaints from listeners and Thompson has been punished by the BBC for the rest of the year.

Sportsmail has been informed that Thompson has not been banned and the BBC plans to use him in 2021.

Steve Thompson has been dropped by the BBC after describing a struggle as 'handbags'

Steve Thompson has been dropped by the BBC after describing a struggle as ‘handbags’

The comment occurred while Lincoln played against Accrington Stanley in League One last weekend

The comment occurred while Lincoln played against Accrington Stanley in League One last weekend

The comment occurred while Lincoln played against Accrington Stanley in League One last weekend

Thompson received a warning about his language use in commentary in 2018.

While ‘handbags’ was one of the controversial comments, the BBC has said three comments were made in 20 minutes that were not in line with their standards.

“As a bit of a drama queen… .. he should have worn a skirt,” was one the BBC objected.

‘After listeners voiced concerns, Steve acknowledged that some of his comments on the airwaves fell short of the standards we expect,’ noted the BBC.

“He’s taking a break, but will be back in the new year.” Thompson himself would have been ‘devastated’ by the decision.

Thompson's comments came over the weekend while commenting on BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Thompson's comments came over the weekend while commenting on BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Thompson’s comments came over the weekend while commenting on BBC Radio Lincolnshire

The phrase ‘handbags’ is quite common in football terminology and appears in the Collins Dictionary as ‘an incident where people, especially athletes, fight or threaten to fight, but with no real intention to harm.’

Some social media users were stunned to hear the news, with Darren Dixon saying, ‘The BBC is back with their ridiculous PC levels!’

Another user commented, ‘I’ve been watching football for decades and have heard this phrase several times.

‘It’s not offensive at all. It perfectly describes the histrionics some footballers display when facing each other. ‘

Essie Jay said, ‘Not offended at all! This is not pathetic. We even use that term ourselves when we watch rugby when it gets hot. ‘

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