Rio Olympics 2016: BBC tennis commentator apologises for homophobic faux pas

Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia returns a ball during the Rio Olympics. Photo / AP
Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia returns a ball during the Rio Olympics. Photo / AP

A tennis commentator at the Rio Olympics has apologised after being accused of homophobia.

Paul Hand was commentating for the BBC on the third-round match between Britain's Johanna Konta and Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova when he implied that "two blokes" wouldn't want to kiss.

During a break in the game the camera panned to spectators in the crowd, including a a man and a woman who kissed when they saw themselves on the big screen.

"Come on, let's have a kiss," Hand said, before adding "Let's hope they don't go onto two blokes sat next to each other".

The BBC issued a statement in reaction to the comments, which the broadcaster said were "ill-judged".

"We apologise to any of our viewers who were offended."

- NZ Herald

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