Sky Sports apologised for ‘stereotyping’ South American culture after Erik Lamela’s row with Anthony Martial which led to the Manchester United forward being sent off.

Martial was sent off within the first half hour at Old Trafford after an off-the-ball incident, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side going on to lose 6-1 on Sunday.

Replays showed that the Spurs winger appeared to elbow Martial before the Frenchman angrily reacted, seeming to slap Lamela in the throat.

VAR checked the incident, but upheld Anthony Taylor’s original decision.

United were losing 2-1 at the time, but capitulated following the dismissal, conceding four more times against Jose Mourinho’s side.


Sky Sports pundit Graeme Souness criticised Lamela’s reaction to the incident, with the Argentina international going down after being struck by Martial.

The Liverpool legend said it was “very Latin”, adding: “We, the Brits, do it differently.”

But presenter David Jones had to apologise for Souness’s remarks, which he said had “stereoptyped” Latin American culture.

Souness said of the incident: “If Martial is going then Lamela has to go.


“He raises his hands, Martial lashes out, it’s like a tickle across your chops and he’s gone down. It is pathetic. It’s very Latin.

“Is this what the English game is about? We, the Brits, do it differently.”

The former Newcastle and Blackburn boss, who has also managed Benfica and Torino, added: “I’ve played in a Latin country, I’ve worked in Latin countries, I know how they see the game.

“Lamela will sleep well tonight thinking he has done a great piece of work for his team. That is not us.”

Presenter Jones said afterwards: “Earlier in the show we were critical of Erik Lamela’s part in Anthony Martial’s sending off in the United-Spurs game.

“We would like to apologise for any offence that was caused and the stereotyping of the Latin culture.”