Edited by Jennifer Valentine-Miller
The Independent newspaper (July 2020) have reported that Arsenal Fan TV have removed regular guest Claude has received a life ban after he made a racist remark about Tottenham Hotspur’s forward Son Heung-Min.
During the North London derby between Spurs and Arsenal, Claude Callegari was heard to say “DVD’s going off” when Son was substituted late in the match.
The term ‘DVD’ is a derogatory slur aimed at Asian people, which depicts them as someone who sells illegal DVDs.
After receiving a social media backlash for the comment, Claude appeared on a second AFTV video with its owner Robbie Lyle – where they appeared to try and explain that the remark was not derogatory but an attempt to mock Spurs.
It was claimed that the term DVD was in reference to the club making a DVD to remember their 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the weekend, but the fact that the wording used by Claude didn’t fit with that suggestion and that it came just Son was going off the pitch meant that viewers did not believe his interpretation.