PFA defend comedian Reginald D. Hunter over controversial set at bash

Gordon Taylor
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PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor defends the decision to book comedian Reginald D. Hunter for last night's awards bash, despite his racist jokes.

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has jumped to the defence of comedian Reginald D. Hunter, who performed a controversial set at the PFA awards bash last night.

The American used the n-word regularly during the act, as well as made jokes about Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who was given an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra last year.

When asked if organisers were wrong to book Hunter, the Daily Mail quotes Taylor's response as: "No, no, don't be silly. Are you serious? I think there were a few raised eyebrows over the comedian, but that is the sort of thing you can't control. It was unfortunate.

"He is a professional comedian. It's a difficult subject in football and with him not being fully aware of how emotive it has been in football, that was probably a difficulty for him."

The controversy comes after Paul Elliot was forced to step down from his role at the Football Association for racially abusing Richard Rufus.

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