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Man City sack radio hosts for ‘making racist Jackie Chan jokes’ on air

Man City have sacked two
mployees for making alleg
d racist jokes on a podca
t dedicated to the club. Mike McClean and Nigel Cl
cas were both casual memb
rs of staff who worked at
the ‘City Square&apo
; fanzone outside the clu
‘s Etihad Stadium be
ore matches. The pair were also involv
d in the half-time entert
inment, but caused the al
eged offence on unaffilia
ed podcast ‘City sau
age’. McClean and Clucas made r
marks in a stereotypicall
Chinese accent based on
fictitious character – &
pos;Mr Wong’ – in a
kit regarding City’s
late arrival in China for
their pre-season tour. They also made reference
o famous Chinese actor Ja
kie Chan when performing
he skit, who Mr Wong blam
d for City’s timekee
ing. Playing the role of &apos
Mr Wong’ in the skit
McClean said: “‘You
like Jackie Chan? Me (sic
like Jackie Chan! We no
sic) have paperwork or Ja
kie Chan film on plane. Y
u need Jackie Chan film o
plane.” Whilst the podcast was no
officially endorsed by C
ty, the club moved to pro
ptly relieve both men of
heir duties. A City statement read: “U
on being made aware of th
podcast in question, Man
hester City immediately b
gan to examine the circum
tances of its creation an
publication. “The presenters responsib
e for the podcast, made i
dependently from the club
had been engaged by Manc
ester City to support mat
h day events. “A decision has been made
that they will no longer
e retained by the club. T
e club has a zero-toleran
e approach to discriminat
on of any kind and strong
y condemns behaviour of t
is nature.” It is not the first time
he radio hosts have cause
controversy, after previ
usly producing a spoof re
ording of Man Utd manager
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sugg
sting his players were pa
ticipating in extra-marit
l affairs while on tour. The incident will cause p
rticular embarrassment to
the City hierarchy, given
that 13 per cent of their
ownership is from Chinese
investors, and comes afte
the club were criticised
for showing “utter disres
ect” to China during the
our. City were slammed by Chin
se press agency Xinhua fo
lowing the trip, after ma
ager Pep Guardiola and th
playing staff had allege
ly declined to sign autog
aphs, instead getting str
ight onto the team bus. Guardiola said of the acc
sation: “‘I don&apos
t agree and it’s fal
e. To make a statement li
e this they have to know
xactly what happened here
in our club. “I’ve been impressed
with my players so far an
let’s see for the r
st of the tour. I complet
ly disagree with the jour
alist – that’s not t
e reality. “We were committed to the
co-operation you have to
o here in China. The peop
e from the hotel, all the
people asking us to do th
ngs we were ready to do t
at. “Off the pitch we are sho
ing what an amazing club
e are and how we are tryi
g to be better every seas
n. “I’m so proud of wha
we’ve done – all th
marketing departments, a
l the people who’ve
rganised this tour. And m
ybe next year or in two y
ars we are going to come
ack to China when the clu
decides we should come.”

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