Alan Sugar has come under fire for posting a ‘racist’ tweet about the Senegal World Cup team that compares the players to individuals – specifically of African descent – selling sunglasses and handbags on beaches.

Lord Sugar, 71, tweeted: “I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multitasking, resourceful chaps,” accompanied by a photoshopped image of the national team which appeared to show them standing over and selling counterfeit goods.

Lord Alan Sugar posted a tweet about the Senegal World Cup team, which many have criticised for being racistTwitter/Lord Sugar
Lord Alan Sugar posted a tweet about the Senegal World Cup team, which many have criticised for being racist

After many of his followers and fellow Twitter users criticised Sugar’s post as being racist, the peer retorted: “Why not it is meant to be funny … for god sake” and “I cant see what I have to apologise for … you are OTT … its a bloody joke.”

He then went on to delete the tweet following wider condemnation, but didn’t seem to agree it was problematic.

“Just been reading the reaction to my funny tweet about the guy on the beach in Marbella. Seems it has been interpreted in the wrong way as offensive by a few people. Frankly I can’t see that, I think it’s funny. But I will pull it down if you insist.”

Over an hour later, Sugar returned to the social media platform to issue a further apology, writing:

“I misjudged me [sic] earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.”

Osasu Obayiuwana, the British-Nigerian associate editor of New African magazine, responded to Lord Sugar’s tweets: “Dear ⁦@Lord_Sugar⁩, I’m afraid no Senegalese or African will see this as funny. What you wrote was hurtful and plays to a racist stereotype. If you really don’t see what’s wrong with what you’ve written, you have a lot to learn still. You should know better!”

In a statement on Twitter, the BBC’s press office stated: “Lord Sugar has acknowledged this was a seriously misjudged tweet, and he’s in no doubt about our view on this. It’s right he’s apologised unreservedly.”

Twitter hasn’t responded as well, with some comparing him to his US counterpart Donald Trump, who went from presenting The Apprentice to becoming President, despite his extreme racially inflammatory views.

Others mocked his current autobiography, titled ‘What You See Is What You Get’:

Lord Sugar’s Twitter page has 5.47 million followers, many of whom recognise the business entrepreneur from popular television series The Apprentice. The billionaire is also a political adviser, former chairman of Tottenham Hotspur and a media personality.

Senegal’s team includes a number of Premier League stars including Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye. They squad beat Poland 2-1 in their World Cup opener on Tuesday.

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