George Galloway sacked by talkRADIO over allegedly antisemitic tweet
George Galloway has been sacked by talkRADIO after sending an allegedly antisemitic tweet.
The former MP posted on the social media site after the Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham on Saturday night.
He praised Liverpool’s win, before adding: “No #Israël flags on the Cup!” – appearing to reference Tottenham’s strong links with the Jewish community.
On Monday, the radio station said it had terminated his weekly show.
Mr Galloway hit back at his former employer, tweeting: “See you in Court guys.“
The original tweet from Mr Galloway on Saturday night saw the former Labour and Respect MP face a backlash on Twitter.
He defended the comment, claiming a number of Tottenham fans were flying the flag of Israel in the crowd and it showed an affiliation to a “racist state”.
But he was accused of being racist himself, including by Tottenham football club itself, which told Sky News the tweet was “blatant antisemitism”.
On Monday morning, talkRADIO said it had cancelled Mr Galloway’s show, adding: “As a fair and balanced news provider, talkRADIO does not tolerate antisemitic views.”
Board of Deputies of British Jews President Marie van der Zyl thanked Tottenham for “calling out” Mr Galloway and talkRADIO for “taking this poisonous and divisive figure off air”.
She added: “His attempt to bring hatred into a wonderful occasion for English football has attracted the derision it deserves.”
Taking to Twitter again, Mr Galloway said he’d been given a “red card” by the station for “over-celebrating” Liverpool’s success.
talkRADIO has terminated George Galloway's weekly show with immediate effect.— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) June 3, 2019
As a fair and balanced news provider, talkRADIO does not tolerate anti-semitic views. pic.twitter.com/upDUaNPoi0