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New study reveals 'evident' racial bias in TV football commentary

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

There is "evident" racial bias in the way football commentators refer to players of different skin colors, says a new study published on Tuesday.

(CNN)There is "evident" racial bias in the way football commentators refer to players of different skin colors, says a new study published on Tuesday.

When making comments about intelligence, 62. 60% of praise was aimed at players with lighter skin tone, while 63. 33% of criticism was aimed at players with darker skin tone.

And when talking about work ethic, 60. 40% of praise was aimed at players with a lighter skin tone, while commentators were 6. 59 times more likely to talk about power when referring to a player with a darker skin tone and 3. 38 times more likely to talk about speed.

RunRepeat's study was based on the analysis of 20 matches from each of the four leagues during the 2019/20 season, recording 2,074 statements on 643 players from English commentary on Sky Sports, BT Sport, FreeSports, beIN Sports, TSN, NBCSN and ESPN, according to The Guardian.

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