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Inverdale set for Wimbledon axe

ESPN staff
November 22, 2013
Comments about Bartoli's appearance at Wimbledon may have cost Inverdale his job © Getty Images

John Inverdale is expected to be removed from his job as the head of the BBC's Wimbledon coverage following his controversial Marion Bartoli comments this year.

Inverdale caused a stir after the women's final this summer by asking BBC Radio 5 Live listeners "Do you think Bartoli's dad told her when she was little 'You're never going to be a looker? You'll never be a Sharapova, so you have to be scrappy and fight" after she had defeated Sabine Lisicki for her first grand slam title.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Inverdale is set to be disciplined for his remarks by missing out on the 2014 edition of the competition at least.

The comments were perceived as sexist, and even prompted Culture Secretary Maria Miller writing to BBC director-general Lord Hall for an update on any action to be taken against Inverdale.

There was also a barrage of angry tweets from fans towards Inverdale and the BBC - who were forced to issue an apology to those offended.

In the immediate aftermath of the controversy Inverdale also issued a full apology, but it appears it will not be enough to save the broadcaster's job ahead of next year's competition.

A BBC spokesperson told the Daily Mail : 'John is certainly part of BBC Sport's team for a very busy summer. Our final plans for 2014 will be announced in due course.'

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