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BBC commentator slammed for homophobic comment during Olympic kiss-cam

By Will Stroude

Rio Olympics commentator Paul Hand found himself in hot water after being accused of homophobia, following a comment he made during a tennis match between Team GB’s Johanna Konta and Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova.

During a break between sets, a “kiss cam” began zooming in on couples sitting beside each other in the crowd, who would then kiss for the camera.

When the camera focused on straight couples, Hand commented saying: “It’s lovely to watch”.

However, he sparked outrage when he added: “Let’s hope they don’t go on two blokes next to each other”.

Viewers weren’t impressed, with some expressing their anger at the casual homophobia on Twitter.

The BBC have since apologised for the remarks, saying: “The comment was ill judged and we apologise to any of our viewers who were offended.”

While this year’s Olympics features more out LGBT athletes than ever, there have been claims of homophobic chanting being heard from audience members.

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