The former England manager, who was dismissed by the Football Association in 1999 for highly-offensive remarks about the disabled, was providing co-commentary for Sky’s broadcast of the Fulham v Chelsea Barclays Premier League clash at Craven Cottage.
Hoddle seemingly caused Sky fresh embarrassment because of the way he responded to the sight of Fernando Torres squandering a goalscoring opportunity in the 0-0 draw.During the encounter, Twitter became awash with accusations of Hoddle jokingly comparing Chelsea’s out-of-form £50million signing to the ‘Chinese player Knee Shin Toe’.
A clip of the commentary was posted on YouTube within hours of the incident.
Ironically, Hoddle was employed as a replacement for the disgraced Andy Gray, who was sacked by the broadcaster last month for sexist remarks.
The comments could end any hope Hoddle may have had of securing a permanent role as a co-commentator at the broadcaster.