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January 18, 2016 3:36 pm

BBC Sport Deletes ‘Kike’ Tweet After Being Accused of Antisemitism

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Enrique Sola recently signed with  the Middlesbrough soccer club. Photo: Twitter.

Enrique Sola — nicknamed “Kike” — recently signed with the Middlesbrough soccer club. Photo: Twitter.

BBC Sport deleted a Twitter post with an offensive reference to a Spanish soccer player after being accused of promoting antisemitism, the Irish newspaper Independent reported on Saturday.

The deleted tweet was about the Middlesbrough English soccer club signing Spanish player Enrique Sola, who goes by the nickname “Kike.” The team has another player, Enrique Garcia Martinez, who shares the same nickname.

The tweet read, “Two Kikes… there’s only two Kikes. And now they both play for #Boro.”

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Though both names are pronounced “Kee-Kay,” rather than “kike,” an antisemitic slur, BBC Sport received backlash from Twitter users, including from one who wrote, “This tweet basically sums up Nazism.”

“At first glance, this is incredibly antisemitic,” wrote another. Yet another said, “You do realize ‘kike’ is a particularly offensive term for a Jewish person don’t you? Even with the story it’s poor form.”

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  • Charles Martel

    One day the BBC will write Sharia Law cases! They may also have editorials about Honor Killings and chopped off hands. Too bad the hands of these idiots are left intact!

  • Sifter

    BBC: Another day, another anti-Semitic outburst.

  • Golum

    The Los Angeles Dodgers signed a new player last year named…”Enrique Javier Hernández”…but all the Sports columnists in the L.A. Times seemed to enjoy leading off their headlines with…”Kike Hernandez”!!!
    After seeing this in the sports pages and on line sports blogs a number of times I started objecting…..Some of them (not all) finally got it and started calling him by his given name “Enrique” but others still use “Kike”!!! If they must I don’t know why they didn’t just change it to “Kiki”???

    FRom Wiki:
    Enrique Javier Hernández (born August 24, 1991)[1] is a Puerto Rican professional baseball utility player for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). His nickname is Kike (/ˈkiː.keɪ/ kee-kay),sometimes spelled with an accent mark during television broadcasts to prevent it from being confused with a derogatory slur that has a different pronunciation

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