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The Odd Couple

Ron Atkinson was once a media giant, giving every big football game on ITV a decent portion of meaningless catch-phrases and faux-technical insights, usually focused on the inability of foreign goalkeepers to catch a football. That was until the poor mite let slip his horrendous prejudice and called France captain and football legend Marcel Desailly a ‘thick lazy n*****’. Oops!

Since then Big Ron has been starring in programmes about racism, trying to make himself look as unprejudiced as possible, and often with mindboggling results, like when he explained to a black man that he didn’t see anything racist with minstrels.

Well now we get to see him in an hilarious odd-couple pairing with former javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson on Celebrity Wife Swap. It’s almost as if they’re looking for him to make some kind of racial faux-pas. If this isn’t playing cheap lip service to racism in the naffest possible form, then what is?

Big Ron will have to be on his best behaviour with Tessa,’ said some PR no-mark. ‘If he puts even so much as a finger out of line she'll come down on him like a ton of bricks. And he will know by now that her fiancé Densign White is a former judo champion.’ Yeah, those black women eh? EH?

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